With the trailer out and having seen one or two others involved in X-Men: First Class taking some questions at various events, the folks at MTV News caught up with Magneto's actor, Michael Fassbender, while out doing press for his Jane Eyre film and that meant they grabbed him to talk about our favorite mutant.
Fassbender was asked about whether he was using McKellan's performance as reference for his role in it, which makes some sense since that is who the character in the film universe later becomes, but Fassbender went a different way instead by saying, "No, I used the comics as the source material."
Fassbender also revealed that in a sense he finds Erik to be just as much a student as those that Xavier gathers. "I'm not a teacher, I'm a pupil," he explained. "Charlie boy is the teacher. ... He sees the potential in this new race... and gathers us all together to fulfill our ultimate powers."
Discussing the 1960s setting of the film, Fassbender compared Charles Xavier to Martin Luther King, Jr, and Magneto to the more incendiary civil rights leader Malcolm X.
Not surprisingly, he revealed that the characters time in uniforms will be small but also noted that there are two helmets for his character in the film which explains away some of the confusion some had with the trailer. With regards to the uniforms, expect it mostly towards the end since"[...] that's sort of when we come together as a team," he responded when asked if they spend a lot of time in the yellow-striped uniforms.