Ian McKellen Talks About Returning as Magneto in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

The actor calls reuniting with Bryan Singer and Patrick Stewart a gas, promising to give Michael Fassbender a run for his money.
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Ian McKellen Talks About Returning as Magneto in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Ian McKellen offers his first thoughts about returning as Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past It was recently announced that both Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are returning as Magneto and Professor X in the upcoming Marvel mutant adventure X-Men: Days of Future Past.

As McKellen makes the press rounds in support of his return as Gandalf in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he's also offering his thoughts on reprising Erik Lehnsherr for this upcoming sequel.

"What a gas! I mean, Patrick Stewart and I have just been playing "Waiting for Godot" throughout England and in the West End of London. So, we've stayed in touch. We can't believe it [laughs]. I thought these were Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy's parts, but -- no, no -- we're back. We'll give them a run for their money."

The actor doesn't know too much about the story, despite it being based on a popular comic book run from the early 80s.

"I mean, I haven't read the script, so I don't know how much we've got to do. But, to be back in that world, and for Bryan Singer to be doing it -- with all the success he's had in the meantime -- it's wonderful. Wonderful."

Ian McKellen also commented on Michael Fassbender's turn as Magneto in X-Men: First Class.

"I thought he was exactly that: first class. Excellent. [Laughs] I thought he was better than me. But, we weren't quite playing the same character because he was so much younger than me. And the scope of Magneto, one day a Jewish actor will play it. Clearly, he's Jewish. We first meet him in at Auschwitz and there's scope for all sorts of people to pay Magneto. But, I was just the lucky guy who got to play him first."

X-Men: Days of Future Past was released May 23rd, 2014.

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  • the-movieghost • 3 years ago

    My grandfather wasn't near as much into them as much as my uncle was @narrator. He might have liked them some, but aside from my uncle and myself, we were the only ones into Harley's and such.

    What have you thought of SoA, Season by Season up until now?

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    • narrator • 3 years ago

      That's a unique way to look at the show, @the-movieghost, and a good reason to stay attached. I take it your grandfather was a biker, or was at least a fan of the lifestyle?

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      • the-movieghost • 3 years ago

        I've been following Sons ever since it's beginning back in 2008 @narrator. Funnily enough, I almost didn't watch the Pilot's premier on FX, but my Uncle had passed around that time, so I looked at Sons as more of a way to remember him as opposed to just another TV show.

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        • narrator • 3 years ago

          Thanks, @the-movieghost. I started in on the show a few years ago, during season 3 I believe. I enjoyed it, but couldn't follow it as well as I'd like, so I pushed it aside. I eventually got my friend to lone me the earlier seasons and have been digging it ever since. Fantastic show. Yourself?

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          • the-movieghost • 3 years ago

            You want to talk "greatest" @narrator? Then toss your name in the hat for having THAT as your Av. I LOVE Sons of Anarchy! How long have you been a fan?

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            • narrator • 3 years ago

              This guy's the greatest. Such a huge friend to fans and peers alike. Can't wait.

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              • instead8909 • 3 years ago

                long live Ian and Patrick

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                • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 3 years ago

                  @Dark-White-Knight your a babe! :P :L hahaha

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                  • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 3 years ago

                    MODEST is for sure @shuabert

                    i thought that i could imagine Fassbender turning aronud and sooner or later becoming Ian's portrayal!

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                    • shuabert • 3 years ago

                      This is exciting. McKellan is too modest. He is first class. I can't wait to see him and Fassbender play the same character in the same film, and with Singer bringing the two universes together.

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                      • gumperman • 3 years ago

                        Awesome news!

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                        • dbzfan91 • 3 years ago

                          Loved X-Men First Class and very excited to see these guys returning for the sequel to a prequel that will connect all the dots lol

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                          • ROFLitschristian • 3 years ago

                            I've had the biggest nard-on since this news was released. Here's to what's shaping to be the best X-Men yet!

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                            • Dark-White-Knight • 3 years ago

                              All hail Gandalf

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                              • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                                Like a Magnus

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