Matthew Vaughn And January Jones Answer X-Men: First Class Fan Questions!

In the last of Facebook's "X-Perts" Q&A's the director of the critically acclaimed movie and the actress who plays Emma Frost reveal more about their experiences, the characters and much more...

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By Josh Wilding - 6/3/2011
Were you a comic fan growing up?

Yes!


Who are the filmmakers and what are the films that inspire you?

Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark", Brian De Palma's "Scarface" and "The Untouchables", Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future", Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate", and George Lucas' "Star Wars" and also his business model.


What prompted you to continue the X-Men franchise?

Unfinished business and a great new concept.


Is this film the first of a new trilogy or just a standalone film?

Hopefully it will be the first of many.


How was it decided what characters to use for the film?

Bryan Singer decided this initially.


To prepare for directing the film did you focus more on reading the comics or watching the previous films?

Both.


How important is it to you to have consistency between the original source (the comics) and the film?

The film has to stand on its own two feet but the heels were made from the comics.


How do you plan to keep the continuity from the other films based on the timelines we comic fans know?

Whatever is best for the film wins!


What is special about this movie that you can't see in other X-Men movies and other superhero genre types of movies?

Its backdrop of a real historical event in the 60's and imagining what would have happened if mutants did exist.


What about this period in history - the height of the Cold War - intrigued you?

Our version makes sense of how the Cuban missile crisis nearly started WWIII and the end of the world...





What drew you to the role of Emma Frost?

Well, not only was she a very cool character with awesome powers and attitude, she was unlike anyone I had played before which is always what I look for in the roles I take on.


Is it fun playing a rather notorious, iconic female character in the series?

The fact that she is a very notorious and iconic character in the series was a bit intimidating. I was flattered to be offered the role and excited to be a part of making her come to life, but also felt a major responsibility to the fans to get her right and try not to disappoint people's imaginations.


Did you read any of the comics to prepare for the role of Emma Frost?

The minute I accepted the role I dove into as many of the comics as I could find and was also given a huge stack of comics for research purposes. It was the most enjoyable character "research" I've done, there was no lack of back story. Having not read the comics before I had a blast getting into them and learning so much about who I was playing.


How would you describe the Emma Frost character in your own words?

I think Emma is a very strong, confident woman who is in touch with her sexuality and not ashamed of her powers. I think she is highly intelligent but obviously enjoys a bit of mischief.


Emma Frost is known for being powerful physically, with her diamond form, and mentally, with her telepathic powers. Which side of her do you relate to more?

As a woman I have to say I relate to the telepathic powers more so in that I occasionally have strong intuitions about people or things and sometimes feel a "telepathic" sense with some people. That being said, I wouldn't want the full powers that Emma possesses - the responsibility and the disappointment that comes with seeing what others are thinking. I would, however, love to turn into a diamond.


What parts of Emma's personality do you think you share with her? What was the most difficult part of playing her character?

I think I share certain similarities in that I am a modern woman who is independent, confident, strong-minded and willed. I am steadfastly loyal to those I love and believe in, much like her, and I also love a well put together ensemble :) The parts I struggled with were some of the special effects/stunt elements of this kind of filmmaking and only because I had never done much of it before. I found the challenge of it fun and embraced the sometimes ridiculous.


Do you see any parallels between Emma Frost and the character you play on Mad Men - Betty Draper?

No, I see no parallels between Betty and Emma. Only that they slightly resemble one another.


How did you deal with Emma's risqué wardrobe?

The wardrobe, make-up and hair etc. were a huge part of making Emma come to life. We made sure, in our collaborations, to stay as true to the comic books as possible, find a way to spin in the 60's time period, and also have something I was comfortable and could move around in. I was very happy with how things turned out.


In the comic books Emma Frost starts as a villain, but later on she becomes more ambiguous or even a true heroine. On a scale of one to ten, exactly how much a villain are you in this movie?

I don't relate to the word "villain" for this character. I don't believe Emma thinks she is doing "villainous" things, I think she believes in Shaw and his quest to make a better world for the mutant population. I think the mischievous side to her comes out occasionally so if I had to rate her I would give an ambiguous 5.


Since your character and Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) are the main figures of the Hellfire Club, what motives will your character bring to this film?

My character's motives are to assist Sebastian Shaw in creating a safe and controlled environment for mutants while at the same time enjoying a higher standard of living and maybe a promise of a powerful position if our goals are reached.


I know a big part of this film is about Xavier and Magneto's relationship. But can I count on getting Emma's origin story in this film too?

No, you don't get an origins story for Emma in this film. She is already very secure in her place and her powers. If that is something that interests you, I suggest going back to the comics, there's a wealth of interesting information about Emma's "origins".


Starring James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme, Lucas Till as Alex Summers/Havok, Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy/Banshee, Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, Oliver Platt as the Man in Black, Jason Flemyng as Azazel and Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggart, X-Men: First Class is set to be released in the UK on June 1st and in the US on June 2nd.




Check out my 5* review of X-Men: First Class by clicking HERE!






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Comedian03 - 6/3/2011, 2:28 AM
I love how the main thing CBM fans complain about is movies not sticking to the source material but all of that seems to have gone out the window for First Class fans, except for a few people who still want to complain lol.

Either way to movie looks awesome, cant wait to see it tonight!!
Lert - 6/3/2011, 2:28 AM
the movie was awsome.. the 2 cameos were awsome. would have liked for them to stretch the movie out more but, if you have the means to see this movie.. i would suggest you do so...
5 thor
4 x-men
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MrLoki - 6/3/2011, 2:30 AM
Can someone who's already seen it tell me how much exactly was Emma in the movie? Did she have enough screen time? Was she just there for a few scenes?
KidGoku - 6/3/2011, 2:37 AM
I just saw the movie and Emma did have enough screen time marto. The whole movie was so brilliantly done! It was hard to chose a favorite scene or character!!! I'm ready for a sequel!! To be honest... it was better than Thor (to me at least).
GUNSMITH - 6/3/2011, 3:09 AM
I'M WATCHING IT TODAY!
MrLoki - 6/3/2011, 3:11 AM
thank you, spideyboy! Sadly, I won't see the movie until next week, but I really hope to enjoy it as much as you did! :)
Ichaos - 6/3/2011, 3:16 AM
Again if people are concerned with the source material not being followed to the letter (ie comics) I suggest give up watching comicbook inspired movies. Changes are made from the vast majority of source material, comic books or otherwise
Hardshaw - 6/3/2011, 3:23 AM
I JUST SAW THIS TONIGHT IN NYC..IT IS FIRST CLASS..I'M SHOUTING ABOVE THE NOISE OF ALL THE HATERS AND FIRST ASS'S ETC.. Remarkable performances by the two leading actors an example of how it's done? RORMACHINE pointed out Fassbender's accent does sound exactly IRISH toward the second half!!...Just like mine!!!!
Snuffles - 6/3/2011, 3:40 AM


This movie was obviously amazing.
Although i think its a prequel reboot.

Wellwisher313 - 6/3/2011, 4:12 AM
Excellent movie!!
January Jones looked amazing and the Wolverine cameo was an pure First Class!!
Dickel - 6/3/2011, 4:19 AM
This movie was a true rollercoaster ride, it all went by so quickly. It's being over 24 hours now since I saw it and it still has me thinking about various scenes and whatnot.
That's always a sign of a good movie imo.

Good job Fox.
pOoPEE - 6/3/2011, 4:30 AM
Just watched it and have to say best Xmen movie yet due to the fact the characters have far more depth and the action is much cooler. Have to say tho some of the lines for Sebastian and magneto were lame cheese. Its just those few points where they make it too cheesy chomic like for me when the rest had played more realism character wise like TDK. Still feel Thor was more epic :)
LEEE777 - 6/3/2011, 4:30 AM


Fass was perfect, afraid Jones was not, she wasn't needed!
CherryBomb - 6/3/2011, 5:13 AM

January answered her questions pretty well (:
she knew a lot about Emma!
capreborn - 6/3/2011, 5:50 AM
X-men first class was terrible. everything about the movie felt cheap and small. the sets, costume, effects all look like things you could see on Smallville. the movie doesn't know if it want to be serious or campy, and you really don't care for any of the characters.(seeing how they don't get much screen time)only Charles and Eric get to really show off their history , and we already know what that is... so the points mute.

there telling the same X-men story over,and over again, and now it's starting to get stale
marvel72 - 6/3/2011, 9:05 AM
How was it decided what characters to use for the film?

Bryan Singer decided this initially.

thanks bryan,i thought it was a lucky dip sort of like pulling names out of a hat.

but he chose these ones,good call bryan. (sarcasm)

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