James McAvoy: 'X-Men is a love story'

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A 2011 film directed by Matthew Vaughn, "X-Men: First Class" reveals a secret history of famous global events. Set in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, two young men are discovering their powers for the first time as they work together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new) to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opens, thus beginning the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men. Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence.
May 27th, 2011

James McAvoy thinks 'X-Men: First Class' is a "love story" between two friends.

The Scottish actor portrays Charles Xavier in the new comic book prequel movie and thinks his character's friendship with Michael Fassbender's Erik Lehnsherr - who later becomes Magneto - is vital to the film.

He said: "It's kind of a love story, like 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'.

"This is the first time in their lives they've met someone who is an equal of sorts, someone who understands them."

James and Michael screen-tested for the roles together and James hoped from their first auditions that they would be cast together.

He added: "It was very important that the actors playing Xavier and Magneto, who are at the emotional core of the story, got on together and when we first met we hit it off and I think we both thought, 'Please God, let it be us two.'

"We share a similar sense of humour and we knew we could push things a bit and not get too serious about it and keep a sense of humour. We had a great old time."