Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Russ Fischer
X-Men: Apocalypse has a huge cast of characters, some of whom are returning to roles from previous films, and quite a few of whom are inheriting younger versions of characters that appeared in the first three films. There are even a few new additions, such as Psylocke. While on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse last year we talked to many of the cast members about what is new and different for their roles in this film.
Below, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Olivia Munn, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, and Michael Fassbender explain where their characters are in life as the new film opens.
Evan Peters, Quicksilver
Peters explained that Quicksilver has “kind of matured a little bit. He’s gotten into music, cleaned it up a little bit. He’s not quite the klepto that he was when you first saw him. He’s kind of chilled out.”
As for him working with the younger X-Men, they “all sort of get grouped together and sort of have to bond quickly to get out of the situation and also to deal with the impending doom. They all kind of come together and bond pretty well and become friends.”
The relationship between Quicksilver and Magneto is big, too. “It’s like an adoptive child or any kind of child who has a strange father trying to — he knows who he is now so he is trying to find him. He’s been searching for him. It’s been 10 years and he hasn’t found him and then something happens. I have learned that [Magneto is] my father at this point.”
But that hasn’t pushed Quicksilver into dangerous territory. “I still think he’s good. He hasn’t gone to the dark side. I think he understands why Erik is the way that he is and does these things. I think he has a lot of sympathy for him and empathy and knows what he’s going through and is trying to help him really.”
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nightcrawler
As a younger version of the character originated by Alan Cumming, Nightcrawler is both familiar and unknown. Smit-McPhee says, “We kind of get to see the side of Nightcrawler that we love so much in the comics. The more vulnerable, swashbuckling, joyous, random personality that we love, but also so grounded in his faith at a young age as well, as we went with the choice to still have the [facial] designs. So, it’s a mix of ideas, but something that I believe is pretty faithful to what the fans enjoy.”
According to the actor, Nightcrawler and Angel “do have a little bit of an ongoing scuffle and it’s very entertaining.”
Tye Sheridan, Cyclops
The most reticent of the actors, at least when speaking to press, Tye Sheridan let Kodi Smit-McPhee do a lot of the talking when we spoke to the two of them together. “[This is] the younger version” of the character, but Sheridan isn’t trying to be glib. “I mean, everyone’s a different person when they’re younger. You evolve as a human being with knowledge and attitude and challenges and obstacles in life. Why is he the way he is in the first two or three movies? What made him that guy? What obstacles did he go through to get to that point? And that’s kind of what I get to explore in this.”
The awakening of his powers takes place in “the middle of America and he’s… a normal kid, but starting to have strange… not visions, but feelings and… mutant feelings, basically.”