Ian McKellen has had his fair share of epic movie long-standing roles. His famous run as X-Men villain Magneto has been going for 15 years; X-Men came out just three years after the horrific events of Batman and Robin, when George Clooney was The Batman. It was a time when there was a great stigma of Superhero films and little hope for the genre. So what led McKellen to accept the role as the infamous Magneto?
McKellen has noted how he was intrigued by the concept of X-Men and the different commitment it required: “X-Men was about something. Superman isn’t really about anything. It’s a joke. The nerd changes his underpants and becomes a Superman. That’s James Bond: “Shaken, not stirred,” silly, stupid, British twit… and then, Action Man! But X-Men is about the problems of being a mutant. And we’ve all felt we’re mutants on occasion. So, that was the hook for me. And don’t forget, I didn’t have to sign to do any more than one; I’m just doing a movie.”
It’s such a great relief that that film didn’t flop, otherwise we would not be blessed with the X-Men films of today. I like to think McKellen had a significant part to play in its success, we rarely see villains such as that.
But, do you think his comments are belittling to Superman? Let us know if you’re not impressed…