Evan Peters Talks Filming His Praised 'Quicksilver' Scene In X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Discussing the technicality and physicality of his awesome kitchen sequence, stealing scenes from Hugh Jackman & Michael Fassbender, not having to audition, and more, check out what Evan Peters says.
When The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Evan Peters last week, they first asked the actor about his breakout role as Peter Maximoff aka Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past and whether he knew the character would be the highlight of the film for most viewers. "No not at all," he assured. "I knew the character was cool and they had written was great. But I didn't now any of the special effects they had planned. I had never done anything like this before. They were filming it and said it would look really cool. I'm super happy with it and pleasantly surprised and how awesome it turned out." On stealing scenes from the likes of Wolverine and Magneto, Evan Peters says it was "pretty" intimidating. "I had grown up watching all of the X-Men films and then there's Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in front of me," he recalled. "I was really nervous. They were great and really funny and nice guys -- Hugh and James [McAvoy] and Nicholas [Hoult]. They were awesome."
About getting offered the Quicksilver role, and the key to getting him right, Peters said, "I was trying to find the right attitude for him. You don't want to make him too crazy and too caffeinated. But it was really the mischievous quality that was something that Bryan and I worked on. He's faster than the law. He sort of has this attitude that he get away with anything." He continued, "Bryan singer called me and said he's a fan of American Horror story and he wanted me for the role. I was blown away because I audition for things all the time and I don't get things – and here I get a role in the new X-Men movie as Quicksilver. I was going 'what the hell is going on? This is awesome!' I think I was actually shooting eight or nine days. It was two different two-week sessions I was up in Montreal."
On what is was like actually shooting the kitchen scene, Peters explained that it was very physical as he got a bruise or two. "It was really cool because in the elevator me and Fassbender got to improvise a lot and just play around, which is so much fun," he said. "He's such a cool guy. Then we get upstairs to the kitchen and it's all very technical. There are a lot of motion capture camera moves and you are shooting with a phantom camera, which shoots in super slow motion – and the room is brighter than any sunny day. And there are these four guys keeping their eyes open and pretending to be frozen. And I'm just running around pretending to move them." He added, "There's a section of the scene where I'm moving the arms of two cops, so their guns will move. Then I'm supposed to sprint to the other end of the room to prevent the bullets from hitting my friends –- but there's water all over the floor and I slip and fall – I just eat shit. They tried to teach me some parkour. They tried to teach me jumping some jumping over shit and that was funny to."
Though the interview was conducted before X-Men: Days of Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that Quicksilver would return for X-Men: Apocalypse, Kinberg had said initially that Quicksilver would eventually have an expanded role. When THR asked Evan Peters if he knew anything about that, he replied. "I would love to be back, especially the way Simon is talking." Lastly, the actor was asked what it's like now that X-Men: Days of Future Past has been released. "I'm like a kid in a candy store. I'm just so happy to be a part of this movie. Hugh Jackman says he sneaks into a theater and watches a movie with the crowd. I'm thinking that's a good idea and might do that this weekend," he said. What do you think?
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, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender,, Ian McKellen, Nicholas Hoult, Omar Sy, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry, Adan Canto, Fan Bingbing, Anna Paquin, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Ellen Page & Booboo Stewart. Bryan Singer directs the film in theaters May 23, 2014
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