Sunspot Actor Adan Canto On X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Canto says he did a ton of research for his role as Bobby da Costa aka Sunspot in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. "I just find I work better that way when I understand what's in his mind, where he's coming from. I pretty much took most of the things I read and I brought them to the table."

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By Mark Julian - 2/8/2014

Fandango caught up with actor Adan Canto at a press event for his upcoming ABC comedy, Mixology and asked the up-and-comer about his role as Bobby da Costa in director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. "It wasn't entirely a new world because I had followed the previous movies, but I did jump into the comic books world a bit to understand: Who is this guy? What's his life like?," said Canto on joining Fox's cinematic world of mutant superheroes. When asked about his preparation for the role, Canto shared, "I just find I work better that way when I understand what's in his mind, where he's coming from. I pretty much took most of the things I read and I brought them to the table. He's a fiery guy. There's a lot of passion with Sunspot – a lot of experiences that brought him to want to explode all the time, but he's a positive guy. There was just a lot of material – very helpful!”

Of course, longtime fans of the X-Men series will have to wonder if Canto did all of this research for what will amount to a simple glorified cameo? But to be fair, Singer (arguably) gave all the featured characters in X-Men and X2 their appropriate level of screen time. It wasn't until X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: The Last Stand that the series jumped the rails with overloaded, continuity confounding character dumps. We'll all be able to find out just how much screen time Sunspot will receive in 'Days of Future Past' when the film opens in North America on May 23.

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The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future. X-Men: Days of Future Past has wrapped filming, and stars Hugh Jackman (Prisoners), James McAvoy (Filth), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Michael Fassbender(Shame, The Counselor), Ian McKellen (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), Omar Sy (The Intouchables), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Halle Berry(Monster's Ball, Cloud Atlas), Adan Canto (The Following), Fan Bingbing (Bodyguards and Assassins), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Evan Peters (Kick-Ass, American Horror Story), Daniel Cudmore (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn), Ellen Page (Inception, Super) & Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1). Bryan Singer (Superman Returns, X2) directs the film in theaters May 23, 2014!
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TheManFromMars - 2/8/2014, 4:50 AM
Hm... I thought Bryan Singer forbid his actors from reading comic books, so it wouldn't 'taint' their performances...
gambgel - 2/8/2014, 4:50 AM
I have the feeling that this character will bring one of the best visuals of the movie, along with Blink, even with their short screentime.

Their powers have the potential to be one of the best.
lvcl - 2/8/2014, 4:51 AM

He will probably be 2 minutes on screen and with CGI just for show a new power on screen

I´m sure that Adan Canto never ever read a "New Mutants" comic-book

lvcl - 2/8/2014, 4:53 AM
Singer or Adan have no idea about The New Mutants

Reboot that franchise please!
NoMore - 2/8/2014, 4:53 AM
"But to be fair, Singer (arguably) gave all the featured characters in X-Men and X2 their appropriate level of screen time"

...Cyclops...X2...10 minutes of screen time...Cyclops...
ManCalledSting - 2/8/2014, 4:56 AM
This movie, Spidey 2, Cap 2, Robocop, Transformers, Godzilla, Transcendence, and Ninja Turtles are the movies I'm most looking forward to. Xmen, Spidey, then Cap are my top 3.
Kurne - 2/8/2014, 4:58 AM
... I dunno. I feel sorry for guys like Canto. The kid who played the young Cyclops in Origins watched all of X-Men: Evolution in preparation for his 5-6 minute role (despite that show being great) :/ Hope to see a lot of Canto though.
ManCalledSting - 2/8/2014, 4:59 AM
Also, I recommend "Prisoners". That's was a really good movie, and I loved the ending.
gambgel - 2/8/2014, 5:00 AM
I find funny how some fans complain about the new mutants having a short screentime, when in the comics and on many different events, there always are sooooo many mutants popping in and out, and none complain about it.

This is a HUGE scale X-Men story, and a movie around 2/2 and a half hours, so.... what kind of movie do you wanted? only with 12 MUTANTS? LOL

This movie will include many different countries and locations, so no way it would have just 12 or 15 characters.
TheManFromMars - 2/8/2014, 5:04 AM

I liked "Prisoners" but thought the villain's motives were stupid.

They were waging war against God? Why? It's never explained.

It's the only weak point, thoug, IMO.
lvcl - 2/8/2014, 5:05 AM
It´s funny hearing some people without knowledge about the X-Men characters talking about that movie
Newbus - 2/8/2014, 5:12 AM
I can't remember if this guy is in any of the trailers. Hope he's been given some lines to say.
gambgel - 2/8/2014, 5:14 AM
yeah, he was on the teaser trailer, same with all the new mutants on the future, and appeared on the instagram sneak peak too.

Its pretty clear the new mutants are there to show a bigger scale future, and to bring more appealing powers, with maybe one line or two at most for them.

But at least the studio IS introducing these characters, especially Bishop and Blink, curiously two pivotal characters on Age of Apocalypse. Just saying
gambgel - 2/8/2014, 5:24 AM

only 4 returning mutants on the future? that would be pretty boring and less exciting.

This is the biggest X-Men movie ever, so having a smaller cast would have been a wrong marketing decision
Jackraow21 - 2/8/2014, 5:44 AM
@TheManFromMars, they were waging war against God because they lost their own son and were bitter with grief and rage over it. It was explained in the film.
blkchi - 2/8/2014, 5:46 AM
Ramon hope ur wong mystique is boring aand that catching fire lady sucks..xvavier is the leader but plz no more wolverine..if singer dosent give other characters time ill be bless this guy but was hoping for a darker sunspot. ROBERTO NOT BOBBY,,sorry misdirecting my anger damn ex making me miss my dungeon
marvel72 - 2/8/2014, 5:48 AM
so many characters will get little screen time.
TheManFromMars - 2/8/2014, 5:50 AM
I really don't remember that.

I guess I got distracted by how ham-fisted that whole waging war against God final rant was.
gambgel - 2/8/2014, 5:54 AM

so are you trying to say that since the leads will be Xavier, Magneto, Wolverine and Mystique.... they shouldnt bring Kitty, Storm, Colossus, Iceman, Bishop, Blink and co?

so.... do we deserve a boring movie then?

what kind of logic is that? no offense. But.... it doesnt make any sense.
Bl00dwerK - 2/8/2014, 5:57 AM
The fewer characters FOX touches the fewer they get to mess up...
DrunkenNukem - 2/8/2014, 6:02 AM
"BTW, I don't think less means more boring. I'd rather have 8 well developed heroes than 14 poorly developed ones." true as [frick]
ManThing - 2/8/2014, 6:07 AM
looks so terrible
loki668 - 2/8/2014, 6:08 AM
Singer doesn't let them read the comics because he doesn't want them getting their hopes (of mattering) up.
gambgel - 2/8/2014, 6:13 AM
It all depends on tastes.

This is the seventh X-Men movie after 14 years, so yeah, I preffer to see a huge movie with a big and great roster, than to see 8 mutants that we have already seen these past 14 years.
mgeoff88 - 2/8/2014, 6:19 AM
Even though Sunspot will probably have a small amount of screen time, I give the actor props for taking the time to research the character.
RichardBoldly - 2/8/2014, 6:22 AM
I found out he's a Brazilian mutant!!

ManCalledSting - 2/8/2014, 6:27 AM
Manfrommars: what l got from it was this. Their son died, and they do what they do, as a war on god. Because taking someone's child, can make them do crazy things, or "become a demon" in crazy bitch terms. So basically, god took their child, so their trying to corrupt as many of his children as they can.
gambgel - 2/8/2014, 6:32 AM

You just have to understand that studios do team movies with a 3 years gap or so, and actors get old, so we cant have a franchise with 10 team movies to develop and introduce all the known mutants we want.

Some will appear in 3/4 movies with decent roles, while other secondary mutants will appear on 1 movie or two at most. But at least they ARE appearing on the franchise.

These characters have fans too, so they have the right to see their fave mutants even if they appear only on 5 minutes, but if the actor is talented and has two cool moments.... why not?

Whats better? to see Bishop and Blink on this movie? or not to see them ever on this series?
ManCalledSting - 2/8/2014, 6:41 AM
Newhire: there's alot of people on here that hate anything that isn't from Disney's Marvel Studios.
newhire13 - 2/8/2014, 6:41 AM
Must every article about DOFP take a dig at Singer? Imean, if the scenes call for mutants wouldn't you rather them use mutants you know from the comics instead of just random mutants they made up? It's world building. It shows that yes, these characters exist.
DrunkenNukem - 2/8/2014, 6:43 AM
@newhire...this is how this website works...

DOFP article...dig at Singer (i no longer trust Singer)

AV2 article....dig at Whedon

MOS 2 article....dig at Znyder

newhire13 - 2/8/2014, 6:43 AM
@OldGreg yeah it's ridiculous at this point.
jimoakley666 - 2/8/2014, 6:46 AM
There's nothing more pathetic than a troll stuck on repeat.
jimoakley666 - 2/8/2014, 6:47 AM
Oh, wait. There is something more pathetic. A troll with a tear in it's eye.
TheRationalNerd - 2/8/2014, 6:52 AM
Well Singer has already said that the movie will be set 70% in the past and 30% in the future. So I don't expect to see two movies mashed up at once. I'm sure everyone will have just about enough screen time to convince us that they're bringing something to the table.
TheRationalNerd - 2/8/2014, 6:55 AM

Don't even try to waste your breath man. lol Just look at the fact that as much as they claim they hate the film and the director they still come to each thread and yet say the same bs to make it look like as if they don't care about seeing it when they really do. lol
TheRationalNerd - 2/8/2014, 7:06 AM

Lol, But that's what I'm saying if anyone has read the comic book they'd see that there aren't "8 well developed characters in the story of days of future past" there's loads of X-Men in there. Just make a list out of all the characters who appeared in the story of Days of Future past and combine that list to this film and tell me how stuffed it is. This movie isn't an Avengers movie where we're limited to just a 6-8 limited team. This is the X-Men (which you may call Fox Men or Singer's Bastardized Men) that is a world devoted to just as many as mutants as their are people. In that case we would've been getting two movies a year to develop every character set to appear within this movie but that was never Fox's/Singer's route of handling these movies. It's a team up film that dives right into the story/conflict.
ProfessorX - 2/8/2014, 7:08 AM
Why don't you use

or italics in your articles? It would make them much easier to read...
newhire13 - 2/8/2014, 7:16 AM
@RamonSuarez So pretty much what you're saying is even though it's set in the future where mutants are being hunted and killed they shouldn't show any mutants, outside of the X-Men, to illustrate that? Gotcha. I shudder to think what your X-Men movie would look like.
AlphaDean - 2/8/2014, 7:26 AM
@ RamonSuarez Amen Brother!!!!!!!

@gambgel These movies are boring anyway...

People I'd be surprised if this movie actually is Good. To date the only film in the franchise that has been worthy of the title of X-Men was directed by the same man that walked away from the franchise with X3... because the studio wanted to much involvment. Same reason he walked away again. So now the golden boy has returned, who hasn't had film worth a damn in the last 10 years.

As so many before have said... "Singer is a Hack and Fox studio is the bane of all things comic book!!!"
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