With the X-Men: First Class film rolling right along, there's always a chance to catch a cast member from the first three X-Men movies and ask them their thoughts on things. Hero Complex caught up with Patrick Stewart recently at the Screen Actors Guild Awards where he was nominated for a pair of non-genre roles and he had a few things to say about his career as an X-Men character.
“I did three [as well as a limited appearance in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine"] and the best thing I ever did got cut out of one of them,” the British star said with a tone that sounded half-serious. “I had to get Xavier’s wheelchair into this elevator and it was just an inch wider than the chair. I worked on it and worked on it; I got to the point that I could zoom right — whoosh – and spin on that wheel and be facing the camera. It was brilliant. It was probably the best scene of my career. It didn’t make it in.”
Stewart's no stranger to genre entertainment of course with an early role in Dune and quite the career with Star Trek: The Next Generation and all its films. When informed who was playing the role of Charles Xavier in the 60's time period X-Men movie as he was not aware of it, he apparently turned quite serious about it and said that “I must say that it is nice to see a role that you created go forward with someone you admire.”
Stewart is, amusingly enough, starring alongside James McAvoy in a new feature out in February with Gnomeo and Juliet where they're both providing voices for the CG film.