James McAvoy: Filming X-Men was 'more like a sex scene'

James McAvoy

James McAvoy

James McAvoy revealed the set was "very quiet" on the first day filming 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' which made him feel like he was preparring for sex scenes.

James McAvoy felt like he was filming a sex scene on his first day on the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' set.

The 35-year-old actor plays a younger version of Charles Xavier, who was first portrayed by Sir Patrick Stewart in the original 'X-Men' trilogy, and when the pair were on set together he felt like he was in an initiation ceremony where the legendary actor was handing over the "baton".

However, since there was few cast and crew around, unlike the usual bustle, it was like they were preparing to shoot intimate scenes.

Talking on XFM radio station, McAvoy said: "Although I'd previously played Charles in one other movie, it still did feel like I was being initiated and that there was a baton being handed over. It was a very kind of ceremonial scene, in a very sort of ceremonial location. We were in a monastery, and the set was very quiet, and the director made sure that... It was much more like a sex scene.

"You know that when we do sex scenes we make sure there's nobody on set. It's just the boom operator, the camera man, and you don't have loads of people staring at you... usually we do!

"And it was a bit more like that. Clearing the set, making it very quiet, very reverent, that was kind of cool. It felt like I was being initiated into some kind of superhero sect!"

McAvoy joked about raunchy scenes with Stewart being a part of his "wish list".

show host Jon Holmes asked: "You didn't worry that they were clearing the set, thinking, 'Is this a sex scene I hadn't red in the script, with me and Patrick'...?"

And McAvoy replied: "A sex scene with Patrick Stewart would be exceptional. Tick that one off the wish list!"

Tune in to XFM radio station's X-Men FM from 6am-7pm.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 130 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen
  • UK release: 22 May 2014

When the mutants of the future face extinction, they send Wolverine (Jackman) back in time to change destiny. The finale is too effects-heavy and non-fans may question whether it all makes sense, but the principal players are all on top form and the slick direction and smart writing are at times enormously entertaining.


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