The buzz has definitely been swirling around X-Men: First Class since the release of the teaser trailer last week. One of the stars recently offered more details on the main relationship seen in the movie, which arrives in theaters on June 3.
Michael Fassbender, who plays Erik Lensherr (a.k.a. Magneto), spoke out about the friendship Magneto and James McAvoy's Professor Xavier share, and how it slowly dissolves over time. Take a look at what he had to say below.
"It's kind of like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X - Charles [Professor X] being Martin Luther and Erik [Magneto] being Malcolm X - these two ideals, two intelligent guys but with different methods of achieving what they want. Erik doesn't trust humans and thinks they need to be wiped away and I can kind of see his point. It's like Homo Sapiens, Neanderthals ... it's like it's the next stage of evolution."
The actor also spoke about Magneto's past, which gets touched upon briefly in X-Men: First Class.
"You will see a little bit of that, yeah, at the beginning but I thought what was interesting was what happened to him after the war - he gets that young gypsy girl out of the concentration camp that he falls in love with. They take off together and have a baby and the mob ends up going crazy and burning down the house and the child dies in the blaze. Magneto goes ape shit and kills everybody. She's freaked out and leaves him. So by the time we get to him in the movie, he's a bit of a loner, really."
Ah, that's John Dykstra. He's the guy who did the original Star Wars. There's something for the fanatics out there. He's an amazing guy. But how do I feel about acting with a tennis ball? That didn't bother me so much. It's like saying in theater that it's supposed to be cold and you see a town off in the distance - it's kind of the same thing."