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Romijn-Stamos discusses work on X2

From the inability to discuss X2 to blue make-up time trials, Romijn-Stamos chats what she can about the X-MEN sequel

By Jennifer H. Tomooka     October 22, 2002

During an interview to promote her upcoming thriller, FEMME FATALE, actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos was able to talk, in part, about her work on the eagerly anticipated X2, the sequel to X-MEN.

"I'm stuck in all my blue makeup, so it's hard for us," says Romijn-Stamos. "I feel like I'm in the eye of the storm. The movie's gonna be amazing. [Director] Bryan Singer has an hour of the movie cut together already, and I think it's better than the first one. It looks so good. And it's such a great group of people. We really enjoy each other so much."

Unfortunately, Romijn-Stamos cannot talk about her experiences on the set. She and the rest of the X2 cast have been placed under a virtual gag order, which can make life a little uncomfortable at times.

"I'm not allowed to talk about [the movie]," says Romijn-Stamos. "We had this press conference on Friday with all of us and Bryan Singer on the stage and hundreds of reporters asking us questions, and none of us were allowed to talk about it for an hour. We're all sitting there looking at Bryan, saying, 'I'm sorry, I can't say anything.' I don't know why they put us together. It was ridiculous."

All that Romijn-Stamos can say about her role as Mystique is that it has been expanded and there are "a couple of cool things" that she gets to do. But audiences will have to be patient if they are looking for the complete story on Mystique.

"I still don't get any back story," says Romijn-Stamos. "Nobody really knows. Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) is in this one, and I know just from my own X-MEN knowledge that Mystique is Nightcrawler's mother. I told him that the other day. Alan had no idea. And he's painted blue also, so we had that whole connection. [That's] somebody I get to commiserate with on the set, which is really cool."

While it remains to be seen just how many X-MEN movies will become a part of the franchise or how many movies Romijn-Stamos will be a part of, she is hoping that as time goes on technology will replace her need for the famous blue makeup.

"I keep hoping they'll get to the point where they can CGI my makeup on," jokes Romijn-Stamos. "They're gonna be so technologically advanced at that point that I won't have to go through a minute of the makeup. [With X-MEN] we never got it under eight hours. It took eight hours every single time. Like, I had a 1 a.m. call time every morning. This time we got it down to six hours, which I was thrilled about, and the other day we got it down to 3 ˝ hours. And so we just keep on besting ourselves. I have to help them. By the time my makeup is done, I feel like I've already put in a full day of work. I'm exhausted. 'Stand up! Bend over! Arms out! Spread your legs!'"

(Additional reporting by Michael Tunison)

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