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On the eve of X-Men: Days Of Future Past‘s release, social media was awash with chatter about one particular scene: Magneto’s breakout. The brilliant blend of technical wizardry and humor orbited around one pivotal character in the sequence, the boy who can move at the speed of light, Quicksilver. The mission to retrieve Magneto from the Pentagon proved to be a massive hit with fans; but it very nearly didn’t happen.
In fact, that scene was originally allotted for the reappearance of The Last Stand character Juggernaut. Played in the 2006 sequel by Vinnie Jones, DoFP writer and producer Simon Kinberg previously went on record to say he initially toyed with the idea of including a younger version of the character.
Now, thanks to an interview on the Empire Online podcast, director Matthew Vaughn explains how Juggernaut’s bulky ballast would have proved indispensable in capturing Magneto:
- Gem Seddon
“Nobody Wants the Night,” claims the title of Isabel Coixet’s internationally flavored Arctic opus, but auds may well find themselves succumbing to slumber anyway. Though it hardly wants for sincerity or ambition, Coixet’s portrait of an arduous mid-career expedition by American explorer Josephine Peary is dramatically as pallid and lifeless as the frozen tundra on which it takes place, burdened with a hokey romanticism that doesn’t complement its quasi-feminist purview. Despite the name presence of Juliette Binoche and Rinko Kikuchi — both ill cast and ill served by Miguel Barros’ windy, maudlin screenplay — and a profile-boosting slot as this year’s Berlinale opener, this particular “Night” is unlikely to see the light of day far beyond the festival circuit.
After the delicious Continental millefeuille of last year’s Berlin curtain-raiser, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the festival has chosen to launch its 2015 edition with a stodgier brand of Europudding: »
- Guy Lodge
2 items from 2015
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