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Matthew Vaughn discusses First Class, calls it "X-Men meets Bond"

Jan. 24, 2011by: George Merchan

Lots of news has been coming out of the X-MEN: FIRST CLASS front of late, particularly from its own director Matthew Vaughn. The man's been doing what feels like damage control stemming from last week's release of this mutant group photo, to the just generally negative reactions to his film as a whole. And it seems to have been working too, as each thing Vaughn's shown and/or told us has helped to quell fan worries.

The latest now comes courtesy of EW which had a chance to interview Vaughn. The filmmaker began by describing what we should come to expect from his one-off mutant interpretation:

"The best way of describing it is X-Men meets Bond, with a little bit of THIRTEEN DAYS thrown in for good measure. Its set in the 60s, and I basically molded a young Magneto on a young Sean Connery. Hes the ultimate spy - imagine Bond, but with superpowers."

When asked about potentially angering X-fans with the liberties he's taking with the characters and story, Vaughn had the following to say:

"I could tell those fans that theyre wrong. One thing about the X-Men world is that, if you know your X-Men universe, every writer reinvented the storyline. I did my research, and none of the histories of the characters make any sense. Each writer just totally changed the history to make their plot work. So I can quite safely say that X-Men has a history of reinventing its history for the sake of the plot."

Vaughn then discusses the film's two central characters, Professor X and Magneto:

"Professor X is a very hard character to cast. Out of all the characters, hes the dullest if you really think about it. Hell be in a wheelchair eventually, and hes sort of a sanctimonious preacher half of the time. Patrick Stewart brought so much to that role, and I needed to get an actor who could do the same who could give him a fourth dimension thatd make him sparkle. James was literally at the top of the list, and he said yes, so I got my first actor very quickly."

"Magneto was a juicier role. Ive been watching Fassbender for a long time, and I knew the guy was going to pop as a movie star. He read it and knocked it out of the park, and the rest of the cast just fell in around them."


Vaughn as a director is batting a thousand in my book, so I can easily say that I'm not too worried about FIRST CLASS. His latest comments have only affirmed that.

Read the entire interview with Vaughn RIGHT HERE (though be careful of minor spoilers as he does go into plot specifics).
Extra Tidbit: I'm not sold on McAvoy yet, but I trust Vaughn's instincts.

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8:43PM on 01/24/2011
This film was rushed by Fox to be released in a year, so that is why I'm skeptical. Every other big-budget superhero film has closer to a year and a half to 2 years, and that can make a big difference.
This film was rushed by Fox to be released in a year, so that is why I'm skeptical. Every other big-budget superhero film has closer to a year and a half to 2 years, and that can make a big difference.
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5:54PM on 01/24/2011
I get what he's saying about changing the history to make the plot work and that's what he's doing in this film, just like Singer did with the first two films so as long at it continues the movie storyline I'm cool, I still think Vaughn is going to do with First Class what he did with Kick-Ass.
I get what he's saying about changing the history to make the plot work and that's what he's doing in this film, just like Singer did with the first two films so as long at it continues the movie storyline I'm cool, I still think Vaughn is going to do with First Class what he did with Kick-Ass.
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3:26PM on 01/24/2011

Sounds better and better

Just wait, Vaughn is gonna nail this one
Just wait, Vaughn is gonna nail this one
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3:02PM on 01/24/2011
In that same interview he also said "Its got a lot of teenage angst. TheTwilightgirls will like it." Not what I want to hear.
Look at the lack of cyclops and jean grey like this: if this story takes place in the same universe as the first three movies, scott and jean wouldn't have even been born yet.
In that same interview he also said "Its got a lot of teenage angst. TheTwilightgirls will like it." Not what I want to hear.
Look at the lack of cyclops and jean grey like this: if this story takes place in the same universe as the first three movies, scott and jean wouldn't have even been born yet.
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2:21PM on 01/24/2011
I like the spy film idea, but no, the backstories aren't that conflicting. Sure, certain writers have added some pretty out there retcons (Deadly Genesis, for instance, or that goddamn Xorn situation), but they always fit within continuity. Sometimes it takes a lot of squeezing, and the results aren't always pretty, but no writer has just flat-out changed an origin.
I like the spy film idea, but no, the backstories aren't that conflicting. Sure, certain writers have added some pretty out there retcons (Deadly Genesis, for instance, or that goddamn Xorn situation), but they always fit within continuity. Sometimes it takes a lot of squeezing, and the results aren't always pretty, but no writer has just flat-out changed an origin.
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3:06PM on 01/24/2011
Thank you. Explain this to the casual movie fans who think we're a buncha fanboy nitpickers...

Fuck that.
Thank you. Explain this to the casual movie fans who think we're a buncha fanboy nitpickers...

Fuck that.
1:55PM on 01/24/2011

Good News

This is deffinatley on my most stoked to see in 2011 list. which is starting to be a very long list.
This is deffinatley on my most stoked to see in 2011 list. which is starting to be a very long list.
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1:27PM on 01/24/2011
I think he meant X-Men meets Bond as in style. Look @ the pics. I think it's going to turn out quite well.
I think he meant X-Men meets Bond as in style. Look @ the pics. I think it's going to turn out quite well.
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12:59PM on 01/24/2011

"X-Men meets Bond"

Why the hell would any true X-Fan want this spin on it? Hey! How bout X-Men meets a Sam Peckinpah film! I know, X-Men meets 90's Tarantino!!! Just don't get it . . .
Why the hell would any true X-Fan want this spin on it? Hey! How bout X-Men meets a Sam Peckinpah film! I know, X-Men meets 90's Tarantino!!! Just don't get it . . .
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1:18PM on 01/24/2011
I don't get what there's not to get. When you think about it the Xmen are pretty much like James Bond. They go on dangerous missions around the world to stop evil madmen from destroying stuff without the general public knowing anything about it. I think Vaughn's description is dead on. Not to mention at this time period no body knew about mutants so they really are secret agents.
I don't get what there's not to get. When you think about it the Xmen are pretty much like James Bond. They go on dangerous missions around the world to stop evil madmen from destroying stuff without the general public knowing anything about it. I think Vaughn's description is dead on. Not to mention at this time period no body knew about mutants so they really are secret agents.
12:58PM on 01/24/2011

lame

Whenever you explain your movie as a cross between X and Y...that means your movie is totally unoriginal and going to suck. I'm sad that this franchise has been so tarnished since X2. Wolverine can't come soon enough.
Whenever you explain your movie as a cross between X and Y...that means your movie is totally unoriginal and going to suck. I'm sad that this franchise has been so tarnished since X2. Wolverine can't come soon enough.
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12:44PM on 01/24/2011

Slight rant

At this point I think Vaughn should just save his breathe and not talk anymore about it until the film is released. Because honestly he won't be able to please all these bitching fanboys. I don't see why fanboys are embracing Thor and Captain America (which both could turn out terrible/plus both movies are ALSO taking liberties with the characters and changing stuff) but everyone seems to bash this film and the upcoming Spidey flick.

Vaughn is dead on with saying how convuluted the comic
At this point I think Vaughn should just save his breathe and not talk anymore about it until the film is released. Because honestly he won't be able to please all these bitching fanboys. I don't see why fanboys are embracing Thor and Captain America (which both could turn out terrible/plus both movies are ALSO taking liberties with the characters and changing stuff) but everyone seems to bash this film and the upcoming Spidey flick.

Vaughn is dead on with saying how convuluted the comic universe is. Writers do change characters and their history all the time and fanboys don't complain. Its all about the writer's intrepatation. So why can't you guys just accept that the x-men films have a different history than the comics? I'm sure he would gladly have put Cyclops in there if Xmen Origins hadn't ruined that already. Not to mention this film takes place in the 60's which means that if Cyclops was it he would be much older than James Marsden in the first film. Did you guys ever think that when Professor X says that Jean and Scott were *among* his first students he meant they were *HIS* first class not his and Magneto's class we see in this film.

I think Vaughn is doing a great job with what he has. The man has never let me down before (Layer Cake and Kickass were both amazing)I can't wait to see what he brings.
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1:49PM on 01/24/2011
You said it my friend, you said it! I wholeheartedly agree.
You said it my friend, you said it! I wholeheartedly agree.
10:59AM on 01/24/2011
None of that really helped me like this movie. And he's wrong there is both a definitive X-Men storyline and timeline. Not having Cyclops or Jean Grey but bringing in Havok is lame.
None of that really helped me like this movie. And he's wrong there is both a definitive X-Men storyline and timeline. Not having Cyclops or Jean Grey but bringing in Havok is lame.
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10:48AM on 01/24/2011
I cannot wait to see Fassbender as the bad Bond, the bad magnetic superspy. Or Kevin Bacon as the evil Shaw, wow. Hope it lives up to the potential, and that they start working on the sequel very soon.
I cannot wait to see Fassbender as the bad Bond, the bad magnetic superspy. Or Kevin Bacon as the evil Shaw, wow. Hope it lives up to the potential, and that they start working on the sequel very soon.
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9:58AM on 01/24/2011
Um....now I am scared. I had a sliver of hope but the fact that he keeps coming out to defend a film that isn't even out yet plus the rumors of studio interference, I have a feeling this is going to be shit. He doth protest too much.
Um....now I am scared. I had a sliver of hope but the fact that he keeps coming out to defend a film that isn't even out yet plus the rumors of studio interference, I have a feeling this is going to be shit. He doth protest too much.
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9:30AM on 01/24/2011
Magneto like Bond but with superpowers? Okay?

I hope this movie is good. I was watching X-Men 3 again on television and realized how badly we need our favorite team of mutants on the big screen again.
Magneto like Bond but with superpowers? Okay?

I hope this movie is good. I was watching X-Men 3 again on television and realized how badly we need our favorite team of mutants on the big screen again.
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1:03PM on 01/24/2011
Everything about this tells me MY favorite mutants are nowhere to be found.
Everything about this tells me MY favorite mutants are nowhere to be found.
8:29AM on 01/24/2011
I remember watching the 1st X-Men movie trailer and honestly thinking it looked like crap. The look was uncanny. Then the movie came out and I saw it twice. It was an interesting interpretation of characters I grew up with and I appreciated it. This day and age, we don't get many good surprises.
I remember watching the 1st X-Men movie trailer and honestly thinking it looked like crap. The look was uncanny. Then the movie came out and I saw it twice. It was an interesting interpretation of characters I grew up with and I appreciated it. This day and age, we don't get many good surprises.
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7:30AM on 01/24/2011
I would have cast Daniel Craig as Magneto and let him go rampage on X-Men, hahaha. With Vaughn's description of "X-Men meets Bond", I'm looking forward to this movie.
I would have cast Daniel Craig as Magneto and let him go rampage on X-Men, hahaha. With Vaughn's description of "X-Men meets Bond", I'm looking forward to this movie.
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6:55AM on 01/24/2011
Crap. I thought this news would make me warm up to the X-Men hype but alas, I still think I'm gonna' end up "liking it for the moment and then forgetting about it the moment the credits roll". I think Vaugn is a good director, I just don't think he's cut out for the X-Men. Sorry, but the way things are shaping, you can't blame me for being pessimistic.
Crap. I thought this news would make me warm up to the X-Men hype but alas, I still think I'm gonna' end up "liking it for the moment and then forgetting about it the moment the credits roll". I think Vaugn is a good director, I just don't think he's cut out for the X-Men. Sorry, but the way things are shaping, you can't blame me for being pessimistic.
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6:26AM on 01/24/2011
'Each writer has changed the history to make the plot work.' As right as he is here, this is why marvel haven't produced a good comic in 20 years and why they lost alot of fans in the 90's, because they didn't like having their intelligence insulted. So as right as you are here Mr Vaughn, you shouldn't go down this route.
'Each writer has changed the history to make the plot work.' As right as he is here, this is why marvel haven't produced a good comic in 20 years and why they lost alot of fans in the 90's, because they didn't like having their intelligence insulted. So as right as you are here Mr Vaughn, you shouldn't go down this route.
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6:16AM on 01/24/2011
I get worried when directors and producers begin telling the fans "You're wrong and I'm right," but I'm remaining optimistic until a trailer appears.
I get worried when directors and producers begin telling the fans "You're wrong and I'm right," but I'm remaining optimistic until a trailer appears.
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5:58AM on 01/24/2011

"And, please, one more story tease?"

"Its got a lot of teenage angst. The Twilight girls will like it."

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"Its got a lot of teenage angst. The Twilight girls will like it."

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5:50AM on 01/24/2011

He Did His Homework, My Ass

Vaughn, I like you, but don't lie.

Comic books retcon things all the time, but the origins of the first X-men have never changed. Batman's parents were killed, Superman is from Krypton, and Mystique was never in the first class of X-men.
Vaughn, I like you, but don't lie.

Comic books retcon things all the time, but the origins of the first X-men have never changed. Batman's parents were killed, Superman is from Krypton, and Mystique was never in the first class of X-men.
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6:41AM on 01/24/2011
The one's you've mentioned stayed the same, but ALOT has changed due to the writer at the time. Chris Claremount is actually allowed to change anything he wants.
Wolverine's back story changes every year, depending on how they feel.
The one's you've mentioned stayed the same, but ALOT has changed due to the writer at the time. Chris Claremount is actually allowed to change anything he wants.
Wolverine's back story changes every year, depending on how they feel.
5:47AM on 01/24/2011
Apparently he isnt aware of the alternate universes and I hope thats what this movie is
Apparently he isnt aware of the alternate universes and I hope thats what this movie is
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5:32AM on 01/24/2011
A director that does his homework. Now thats what I like to see. Kick our asses Mr Vaughn.
A director that does his homework. Now thats what I like to see. Kick our asses Mr Vaughn.
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5:24AM on 01/24/2011
I can see the Bond analogy. Let's hope it's as good as the Sean Connery movies.
I can see the Bond analogy. Let's hope it's as good as the Sean Connery movies.
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