Kevin Bacon Talks X-Men First Class

Yesterday we posted here the first official photo from X-Men: First Class. Moviefone recently spoke to Kevin Bacon about his role as the villain Sebastian Shaw.we posted here the first official photo from X-Men: First Class. Moviefone recently spoke to Kevin Bacon about his role as the villain Sebastian Shaw.

Bacon on Sebestian Shaw:

You don’t see much [of his backstory] in the movie, but he’s kind of a self-made man. He lost his father as a young man, made his first million by the time he was 30 and first billion by time he was 40. He’s a very powerful billionaire and also, as it turns out, a mutant. He’s the leader of the Hellfire Club, which is a nightclub for the rich and extremely powerful. And he has a plot to take over the world, so that’s really fun. He’s incredibly good at manipulating people and at taking whatever kind of energy or ability they have and using it to his advantage, like if he’s talking to a German, he’s fluent in German. He’s very charming and able to get whatever he wants.

It turns out Bacon loved Kick-Ass and that was a reason why he joined the project.

I was a big fan of ‘Kick-Ass’ and someone told me I should go read the script and meet with Matthew Vaughn and like that, I was in ‘X-Men.’ I liked the script, thought it was such a fresh look at the franchise, but also the comic book movies in general and certainly it’s a great character. He’s definitely the character I was interested in playing.

In general comic-book fans don’t like when directors change the characters and this could anger some:

My look is very different from the guy in the comic books. We decided pretty early on that that was not going to translate to film. But there’s a certain kind of style to the suits that I wear, but I don’t have anything extreme in the makeup department. When you first meet me — I don’t want to spoil it — but when you first meet me, I look a little different.

Check out Moviefone for more.


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