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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen on X-Men: DOFP and knowing nothing about X-Men: Apocalypse

12.18.2013

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are adorable together. There's simply no other way to describe the friendship between the two legendary actors. The duo sat down with The Wall Street Journal to talk about X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, and while they didn't reveal much on the upcoming film (or for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE), the banter between the two and their answers to some of WSJ's questions are pretty funny.

The two were asked if they had to sync their performances with the actors playing younger versions of their characters (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender). McKellen jokingly responded with, "No. It’s up to them to sync with us,” and Stewart agreed, saying, "We came first."

Ian McKellen says he doesn't meet the younger Magneto in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, but we do know Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier does come face to face with his younger counterpart based on the trailer. Stewart says when the scene was shot it was his last day of filming for the movie, and the first for James McAvoy.

“James and I come not just face-to-face, but nose-to-nose almost. When we shot that scene, it was James’s first day of work on the movie, and it was my last day. So I was saying goodbye to X-Men, and he was saying hello.”

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart were also asked if they will be appearing in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.

Stewart: Well, I don't know if Ian knows anything about this, but I know nothing about it. Another X-Men movie has been announced. And I said, "Yes, yes, yes, it opens in May," and they say, "No, no, no, no, not that one. The one after that." Has anyone called you, are you keeping something from me?

McKellen: No, no. No, I know nothing about it. Which probably means we're not in it.

Stewart: (laughing) And then they'll find they need us after all. If we're lucky.

I think the two are being honest when they say they don't know anything about the next movie. I'm sure their contracts for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST have wording about the possibility of another film and their involvement, but that doesn't mean they'll definitely be in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. And if the new film is going to focus on the younger cast, it's probably very likely that they won't be appearing in the next film.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will be released May 23, 2014, and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is scheduled to hit theaters on May 27, 2016.

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Extra Tidbit: "Well, I do other stuff, like I'm riding my bike in the park, and this policewoman says, "Oi! You can't ride your bike on the grass." And I go, "Oh no?", and her uniform falls off, and she goes "Aaaah!", and she's trying to cover up, but I've seen everything anyway, and I get on my bike and ride off. On the grass."

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5:24PM on 12/19/2013
I honestly don't know whats funnier; picturing Magneto and Professor X doing the above or Gandalf and Jean Luc Picard! ahahahah These guys are legends!
I honestly don't know whats funnier; picturing Magneto and Professor X doing the above or Gandalf and Jean Luc Picard! ahahahah These guys are legends!
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3:20PM on 12/18/2013
Patrick Stewart has aged amazingly well and he is about the same age as Ian McKellen.

All this recent Lex Luthor casting reminds me of when they were casting for the original X-Men. He always was the fan favourite to play Xavier.
Patrick Stewart has aged amazingly well and he is about the same age as Ian McKellen.

All this recent Lex Luthor casting reminds me of when they were casting for the original X-Men. He always was the fan favourite to play Xavier.
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1:13PM on 12/18/2013
Best extra tidbit ever.
Best extra tidbit ever.
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1:06PM on 12/18/2013
This is unrelated,but I'd like to see a quasi-remake of Born on the Fourth of July starring James McAvoy's Charles Xavier.
This is unrelated,but I'd like to see a quasi-remake of Born on the Fourth of July starring James McAvoy's Charles Xavier.
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1:04PM on 12/18/2013
Ian looks like a hobo.
Ian looks like a hobo.
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11:55AM on 12/18/2013
I DON'T WANT YOUR SUFFERING. I DON'T WANT YOUR FUTURE.
I DON'T WANT YOUR SUFFERING. I DON'T WANT YOUR FUTURE.
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10:21AM on 12/18/2013
That picture of the two of them having a pint, having a laugh - that's got to be my favorite photo of the year.
That picture of the two of them having a pint, having a laugh - that's got to be my favorite photo of the year.
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10:18AM on 12/18/2013
While I know days of future past is going to be absolutely incredible, now that I know Apocalypse is on the horizon, I almost wish they had waited for the dual cast team up for that one. Who knows though? Now that they have established this with the time travel element, they may very well include original cast members in that film as well. Either way, both casts are outstanding and regardless of the outcome, I know both films will be amazing.
While I know days of future past is going to be absolutely incredible, now that I know Apocalypse is on the horizon, I almost wish they had waited for the dual cast team up for that one. Who knows though? Now that they have established this with the time travel element, they may very well include original cast members in that film as well. Either way, both casts are outstanding and regardless of the outcome, I know both films will be amazing.
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10:13AM on 12/18/2013
The bromance between these two is wonderful and I'm really excited to see them share the screen again; that teaser at the end of The Wolverine was such a treat.
The bromance between these two is wonderful and I'm really excited to see them share the screen again; that teaser at the end of The Wolverine was such a treat.
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10:00AM on 12/18/2013

That picture just does it for me

Just look at that picture! The fact that they look so comfortable with each other (McKellen did officiate Stewart's wedding recently) translates well on-screen. Frankly, I don't mind if they somehow find a way to fit these two again in Apocalypse.
Just look at that picture! The fact that they look so comfortable with each other (McKellen did officiate Stewart's wedding recently) translates well on-screen. Frankly, I don't mind if they somehow find a way to fit these two again in Apocalypse.
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8:42AM on 12/18/2013
OT: After seeing that first pic, I seriously just want to hang out with them and throw back a couple beers.
OT: After seeing that first pic, I seriously just want to hang out with them and throw back a couple beers.
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8:42AM on 12/18/2013
Days of Future Past is going to be bigger and better than the Avengers...I can feel it.
Days of Future Past is going to be bigger and better than the Avengers...I can feel it.
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8:29AM on 12/18/2013
Other than Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine, McKellen and Stewart have been the pefect casting for these two iconic characters and are a BIG reason why this franchise is so successful.

Can't wait to see them kick ass in Days of Future Past.
Other than Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine, McKellen and Stewart have been the pefect casting for these two iconic characters and are a BIG reason why this franchise is so successful.

Can't wait to see them kick ass in Days of Future Past.
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