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Matthew Vaughn talks X-Men controversy plus even more new pics

01.20.2011

Just last night I was commenting on Twitter, wondering aloud how that horrible early shot from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS ever made it through approvals at Fox. Turns out director Matthew Vaughn was wondering the same thing.

Vaughn called Slashfilm last night in damage control mode and tried to set the record straight: "I freaked out on them yesterday. I donít know where the hell that came from. I donít think itís a Fox image. Itís not a pre-approved image. When I found out, I said, what the fuck is this shit, and Fox is running around trying to figure out what happened as well. I agree. Itís like a bad Photoshop, which maybe it was by someone. It didnít reflect the movie. I was shocked when I saw it. I was like ĎJesus ChristíÖ"

That is Vaughn saying the right things. And honestly, it's very likely he didn't see the image until it already leaked onto the web. But to say, "I don't think it's a Fox image" is misleading. It's absolutely an image that came from Fox. It was provided to a number of websites earlier this week in conjunction with some early interviews with the cast. MSN accidentally posted it early and that's how it leaked to the web. But it's not fake. Some 14-year-old from Indiana didn't come up with that while bored on a snow day. It's real. Unfortunate and poorly done (to say the least) but it's real.

Vaughn is correct though in saying, "What the fuck is this shit" and that he said that publicly, and with the same passion and vitriol that many of the fans did, is a good step in the right direction. To help ease the jangly nerves of the X-MEN fanbase, he also provided Slashfilm with two new photos - one of Michael Fassbender as Magneto (complete with classic helmet) and one of James McAvoy as Charles Xavier (pre-bald). Click on the image below to head to Slashfilm to read their entire chat with Vaughn and see both the images in hi-res.

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11:21PM on 01/21/2011

Relax

Its just a picture. Some of the "leaked" early photos from the first X-Men sucked rocks as well. It'll blow over. Next story.
Its just a picture. Some of the "leaked" early photos from the first X-Men sucked rocks as well. It'll blow over. Next story.
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11:50AM on 01/21/2011

*facepalm*

Dont get me wrong, Matthew Vaghn is an incredible director and i've enjoyed everything he has made and produced but everything ive seen for this so far just looks fucking rediculous. 20th Century Fox seriously need to stop making comic book movies.
Dont get me wrong, Matthew Vaghn is an incredible director and i've enjoyed everything he has made and produced but everything ive seen for this so far just looks fucking rediculous. 20th Century Fox seriously need to stop making comic book movies.
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5:12AM on 01/21/2011
I'm going to go against everything I stand for on the internet and actually be reasonable for a change. It's fair to assume that Magneto's helmet there is probably a prototype, what with this being an origin story and all. (Plus, Michael Fassbender does have a pretty big head, which would explain the odd proportions.)
The fingerless gloves worn by Xavier? Maybe it's cold outside. Let's wait for a proper trailer before we pass judgement.
I'm going to go against everything I stand for on the internet and actually be reasonable for a change. It's fair to assume that Magneto's helmet there is probably a prototype, what with this being an origin story and all. (Plus, Michael Fassbender does have a pretty big head, which would explain the odd proportions.)
The fingerless gloves worn by Xavier? Maybe it's cold outside. Let's wait for a proper trailer before we pass judgement.
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2:18AM on 01/21/2011

ugh Fox

what's with professor X's emo half gloves??
what's with professor X's emo half gloves??
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6:46PM on 01/20/2011
I still have faith in this movie even though it's like Magneto trying to balance a poster frame or something.
I still have faith in this movie even though it's like Magneto trying to balance a poster frame or something.
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5:12PM on 01/20/2011
I think the main reason the helmet looks "off" is the lack of cape. No, seriously. Add the cape, and the character instantly becomes bigger, bulkier. Right now, the helmet just looks oversized and out of place.
I think the main reason the helmet looks "off" is the lack of cape. No, seriously. Add the cape, and the character instantly becomes bigger, bulkier. Right now, the helmet just looks oversized and out of place.
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4:16PM on 01/20/2011
At least Fox hasn't let a leak of the entire film yet... (ahem Wolverine) so Vaughn should be relieved.

I guess that photo is of Magneto taking on Xavier because why else would he need the helmet???
At least Fox hasn't let a leak of the entire film yet... (ahem Wolverine) so Vaughn should be relieved.

I guess that photo is of Magneto taking on Xavier because why else would he need the helmet???
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4:00PM on 01/20/2011
I think the outfit and the helmet look great but not together as one costume. First off the helmet looks spot on from the comics. I mean damn. The helmet they put on Ian Mckellan was godawful, but that didn't stop me from loving Singer's films. I just think the helmet looks right with the costume. Different color schemes and designs.

In this picture we get a pretty good sense of what the costumes will look like and I'm digging them. Everybody complained about the black costumes and now we
I think the outfit and the helmet look great but not together as one costume. First off the helmet looks spot on from the comics. I mean damn. The helmet they put on Ian Mckellan was godawful, but that didn't stop me from loving Singer's films. I just think the helmet looks right with the costume. Different color schemes and designs.

In this picture we get a pretty good sense of what the costumes will look like and I'm digging them. Everybody complained about the black costumes and now we finally have the yellow/blue ones. Obviously you can see how they are pro-types. To me they look like jump suits and I would guess its because they will be parachuting (some flying) out of the X-Jet? In which cause I feel they work perfectly.
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3:50PM on 01/20/2011

I knew it

I knew that picture was nothing to be shitting your pants over. Matthew Vaughn is a great director he did right with kick-ass and i have much faith hell make this a great film that will ease our tensions with X3 and xmen origins wolverine which everyone knows was godawful.
I knew that picture was nothing to be shitting your pants over. Matthew Vaughn is a great director he did right with kick-ass and i have much faith hell make this a great film that will ease our tensions with X3 and xmen origins wolverine which everyone knows was godawful.
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3:50PM on 01/20/2011

I knew it

I knew that picture was nothing to be shitting your pants over. Matthew Vaughn is a great director he did right with kick-ass and i have much faith hell make this a great film that will ease our tensions with X3 and xmen origins wolverine which everyone knows was godawful.
I knew that picture was nothing to be shitting your pants over. Matthew Vaughn is a great director he did right with kick-ass and i have much faith hell make this a great film that will ease our tensions with X3 and xmen origins wolverine which everyone knows was godawful.
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3:22PM on 01/20/2011
I think people are behaving stupidly again. We've all learned a thousand times over that pictures and early ones at that, are no indication of how a film will be. Even trailers can paint paint a film good or bad without being even close to how a film will really be. Both pictures and trailers are but covers and judging the book by the cover has always and will always be foolish.
I think people are behaving stupidly again. We've all learned a thousand times over that pictures and early ones at that, are no indication of how a film will be. Even trailers can paint paint a film good or bad without being even close to how a film will really be. Both pictures and trailers are but covers and judging the book by the cover has always and will always be foolish.
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3:17PM on 01/20/2011

This deals with what polarboy said.......

He said his helmet looks stupid because it isn't worn straight.....Well the reason his helmet isn't on straight is probably because his head is tilted. Also it looks like his shoulder is pressed against the bottom of the helmet. That would affect the helmets position.
He said his helmet looks stupid because it isn't worn straight.....Well the reason his helmet isn't on straight is probably because his head is tilted. Also it looks like his shoulder is pressed against the bottom of the helmet. That would affect the helmets position.
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10:34PM on 01/20/2011
Dude even if the helmet was worn straight it would still look stupid because if you're gonna' wear something like that, at least make it match with a bulkier suit. He looks like a dorky bungee jumper with an enlarged head. Seriously man, you cannot just slap something like that on your head without wanting to look like a tool.
Dude even if the helmet was worn straight it would still look stupid because if you're gonna' wear something like that, at least make it match with a bulkier suit. He looks like a dorky bungee jumper with an enlarged head. Seriously man, you cannot just slap something like that on your head without wanting to look like a tool.
11:11AM on 01/21/2011
polarboy.....Why didn't you state that in the beginning? What you just said makes sense. You talking about the helmet not being on straight didn't make sense because his body position affected that.
polarboy.....Why didn't you state that in the beginning? What you just said makes sense. You talking about the helmet not being on straight didn't make sense because his body position affected that.
3:10PM on 01/20/2011

yikes

this movie doesn't stand a chance at being good. Now seeing the photos over the last few days there is no way it can be good.
this movie doesn't stand a chance at being good. Now seeing the photos over the last few days there is no way it can be good.
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2:47PM on 01/20/2011
and the magneto helmet pic is serious?
and the magneto helmet pic is serious?
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1:45PM on 01/20/2011
Is that The Monarch from Venture Bros.?!

On a serious note, I'd like to see a trailer before I completely write this film off. I wonder if First Class is going to be more Vaughn or more 20th Century FOX... I'm fearing the latter.
Is that The Monarch from Venture Bros.?!

On a serious note, I'd like to see a trailer before I completely write this film off. I wonder if First Class is going to be more Vaughn or more 20th Century FOX... I'm fearing the latter.
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1:31PM on 01/20/2011
Will they explain the helmet? I mean... didn't he design it to keep Prof. X out of his head, but they're friends in the first part of this movie and shouldn't need it for that type of protection.

But like I always say to X-Men First Class stuff... wait and see. I will make my judgment following a trailer and no sooner - so I like this right now.
Will they explain the helmet? I mean... didn't he design it to keep Prof. X out of his head, but they're friends in the first part of this movie and shouldn't need it for that type of protection.

But like I always say to X-Men First Class stuff... wait and see. I will make my judgment following a trailer and no sooner - so I like this right now.
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1:26PM on 01/20/2011
I had a feeling that picture was a fake, I'm glad Matt Vaughn cleared that up for us.
I had a feeling that picture was a fake, I'm glad Matt Vaughn cleared that up for us.
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1:45PM on 01/20/2011
The pic wasn't fake, just poorly photoshopped, like a lot of FOX shit.
The pic wasn't fake, just poorly photoshopped, like a lot of FOX shit.
1:22PM on 01/20/2011
The saving grace of all we've seen so far is Emma Frost and the Mystique from the original leaked pic. Her mod hair was cool, but in the new pics she looks like every other blond girl, ever. January Jones is spot on, but hopefully she fares better here than on SNL. One of the worst hosts, ever.
The saving grace of all we've seen so far is Emma Frost and the Mystique from the original leaked pic. Her mod hair was cool, but in the new pics she looks like every other blond girl, ever. January Jones is spot on, but hopefully she fares better here than on SNL. One of the worst hosts, ever.
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12:16PM on 01/20/2011
Just picture me struggling not to laugh and get yelled at by my boss . . .
Just picture me struggling not to laugh and get yelled at by my boss . . .
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11:57AM on 01/20/2011
How about we all go ahead and admit that he looks like a complete tool in that picture. Seriously. His helmet isn't even worn straight. It's all crooked to the right, kinda' like how Adam West wore his Bat-mask back in the 70's. I hope Vaugn understands that unlike Kick-Ass, this movie cannot afford to look deliberately corny. I really want to like this flick...too bad for me these pictures aren't really helping at all.
How about we all go ahead and admit that he looks like a complete tool in that picture. Seriously. His helmet isn't even worn straight. It's all crooked to the right, kinda' like how Adam West wore his Bat-mask back in the 70's. I hope Vaugn understands that unlike Kick-Ass, this movie cannot afford to look deliberately corny. I really want to like this flick...too bad for me these pictures aren't really helping at all.
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1:51PM on 01/20/2011
Well the reason his helmet isn't worn straight is probably because his head is tilted. Also it looks like the bottom of the helmet is pressed against his shoulder. That would affect the helmets position.......OK???
Well the reason his helmet isn't worn straight is probably because his head is tilted. Also it looks like the bottom of the helmet is pressed against his shoulder. That would affect the helmets position.......OK???
11:26AM on 01/20/2011
That's how a film-maker should address the media, with complete conviction and no patronizing subtlety.

I like that image of Fassbender,and his helmet having a far more 'prototype' and 'early stages' design than the source material.
That's how a film-maker should address the media, with complete conviction and no patronizing subtlety.

I like that image of Fassbender,and his helmet having a far more 'prototype' and 'early stages' design than the source material.
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11:24AM on 01/20/2011
I'm looking forward to this, as I have faith in Vaughn. But Magneto looks...fucking ridiculous.
I'm looking forward to this, as I have faith in Vaughn. But Magneto looks...fucking ridiculous.
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11:16AM on 01/20/2011

Nice

Whether it makes his head big or not, I'm just glad they made his helmet look like the helmet from the comics and NOT that dorky helmet they had for the other X-films.

I'm cautiously optimistic.
Whether it makes his head big or not, I'm just glad they made his helmet look like the helmet from the comics and NOT that dorky helmet they had for the other X-films.

I'm cautiously optimistic.
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11:13AM on 01/20/2011
I've been wondering... Most of you guys on this site thought Kick Ass was a great and cool film and would probably make your top 10 list of 2010. I didnt dig the film, I didnt like it much, but thats not important. Since you liked that film so much, shouldnt you be trusting Matthew Vaughn with X-Men, no matter what cheesy pictures come out ? Cause, for some reason, I feel like nobody is really wanting to see this movie. Im just saying, maybe Im just getting the wrong vibe, but I know if I had
I've been wondering... Most of you guys on this site thought Kick Ass was a great and cool film and would probably make your top 10 list of 2010. I didnt dig the film, I didnt like it much, but thats not important. Since you liked that film so much, shouldnt you be trusting Matthew Vaughn with X-Men, no matter what cheesy pictures come out ? Cause, for some reason, I feel like nobody is really wanting to see this movie. Im just saying, maybe Im just getting the wrong vibe, but I know if I had enjoyed Kick Ass, Id be looking forward to this.
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11:43AM on 01/20/2011
Just because I like Vaughn (been a fan since BEFORE Kick-Ass) doesn't mean I should look the other way on the fact that this film is gonna continue to shit on the X-men mythos.
Just because I like Vaughn (been a fan since BEFORE Kick-Ass) doesn't mean I should look the other way on the fact that this film is gonna continue to shit on the X-men mythos.
11:46AM on 01/20/2011
I loved Kick Ass, but he financed that himself to get it made and didn't have the studio interference that I am SURE is happening with FOX. Since X2, Fox has been screwing up the X-men too badly for me to trust in them anymore.
I loved Kick Ass, but he financed that himself to get it made and didn't have the studio interference that I am SURE is happening with FOX. Since X2, Fox has been screwing up the X-men too badly for me to trust in them anymore.
10:36AM on 01/20/2011
It's an obvious corny insult, but Dark Helmet?

I don't like judging just based on pictures, but none of the pics released yet hint at anything decent looking (in costume, cinematography...) Everything so far has looked really awkward and corny.
It's an obvious corny insult, but Dark Helmet?

I don't like judging just based on pictures, but none of the pics released yet hint at anything decent looking (in costume, cinematography...) Everything so far has looked really awkward and corny.
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10:28AM on 01/20/2011
I'll wait until I see the first trailer because so far the pictures have been a hit or miss.
I'll wait until I see the first trailer because so far the pictures have been a hit or miss.
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10:25AM on 01/20/2011
I like the style alot and am more confident in the final product, but the trailer is going to determine my final opinion.
I like the style alot and am more confident in the final product, but the trailer is going to determine my final opinion.
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11:48AM on 01/20/2011
Dude this is so off topic, but I love reading your comments just to see how many minuses you get. You could come on here and say, "I hate Nazis that punch kittens." and people would give you thumbs down.
Dude this is so off topic, but I love reading your comments just to see how many minuses you get. You could come on here and say, "I hate Nazis that punch kittens." and people would give you thumbs down.
12:12PM on 01/20/2011
because he is paid by the studios to love everything. even the worst shit.
because he is paid by the studios to love everything. even the worst shit.
1:06PM on 01/20/2011
LOL t_mar...it's because this fool HONESTLY, has the worst taste in movies I have ever seen....even worse than 14 year old girls...it's ridiculous.
LOL t_mar...it's because this fool HONESTLY, has the worst taste in movies I have ever seen....even worse than 14 year old girls...it's ridiculous.
10:18AM on 01/20/2011
I'm very optimistic about this movie.
I'm very optimistic about this movie.
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10:16AM on 01/20/2011

Looks like Watchmen...

which is not a bad thing considering the fact that I loved Watchmen.....BTW i don't understand all this hate...
which is not a bad thing considering the fact that I loved Watchmen.....BTW i don't understand all this hate...
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10:14AM on 01/20/2011

Sorry

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10:12AM on 01/20/2011
I have a feeling that Vaughn saw the reaction to that hideous picture and then tried to distance himself from it. This movie will be a disaster.
I have a feeling that Vaughn saw the reaction to that hideous picture and then tried to distance himself from it. This movie will be a disaster.
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10:09AM on 01/20/2011

Meh...

Even though I enjoy the X-men...I'm having a hard time getting excited about this one.
Even though I enjoy the X-men...I'm having a hard time getting excited about this one.
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10:04AM on 01/20/2011
Ehh I'll wait to see more. So far from what I've seen the film doesnt look that bad but I still hate that Cyclops and Jean Grey arent in the film. How can you have an origin story without them!
Ehh I'll wait to see more. So far from what I've seen the film doesnt look that bad but I still hate that Cyclops and Jean Grey arent in the film. How can you have an origin story without them!
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9:53AM on 01/20/2011
Torpedo-Man!
Torpedo-Man!
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9:47AM on 01/20/2011
I think Magneto looks great. But screw pics! I want a trailer. You can't tell shit about a movie from production stills.
I think Magneto looks great. But screw pics! I want a trailer. You can't tell shit about a movie from production stills.
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9:46AM on 01/20/2011

Poor Vaughn

I don't think he has the slightest idea who he's working for. Does he NOT know FOX's previous track record for doing things behind the back of creative teams and generally fucking things up?
I don't think he has the slightest idea who he's working for. Does he NOT know FOX's previous track record for doing things behind the back of creative teams and generally fucking things up?
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9:44AM on 01/20/2011

Crap

He looks like a bobble head. This movie is going to suck more then the first 3 and the Wolvie movie.
He looks like a bobble head. This movie is going to suck more then the first 3 and the Wolvie movie.
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9:35AM on 01/20/2011
That pic makes his head look GIGANTIC!
That pic makes his head look GIGANTIC!
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