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X3: Dania Ramirez and Aaron Stanford Rule

By Chris Brown     May 24, 2006

Continuing Comic2Film's 'X-Men: The Last Stand' round table coverage, thechrisbrown sat down with Dania Ramirez (Calisto) and Aaron Stanford (Pyro) about fight scenes, tight leather, and Dania's apparent desire to rule the world. But she wasn't typecast.

Q: (To Dania) Being the newest addition to the cast, and the fact that you were kicking some ass ...

DR: Major. I manhandled Halle in a couple of scenes. I didn't even talk about it, did you notice that? I just walked in and just beat her up ...

AS: Without even breaking a sweat ...

DR: Yeah, right ... with my long hair ...

Q: (To Dania) So, as far as being a new addition to this cast, what was the most challenging part of this movie for you? And, second part (to Aaron) reprising your role as Pyro, what did you find that was new, or a new facet of this character this time around?

DR: It was just, for me, I'm still excited. It's a huge franchise, an international phenomenon. X-Men one and X-Men 2 are so big, um, so being a part of it and knowing that I was going to get a chance to work with such amazing actors, and respected in the business, it's, it was just an amazing opportunity, and I've been a fan of Brett's work for a really long time, so, uh, more than anything, when I auditioned for the movie, I hadn't seen X1 and X2, and I'm just one of those people that doesn't, I mean, I don't watch a lot of TV, so ... um, so, you know, I was excited for getting the opportunity to work with Brett Ratner, and uh, then I found out that there were all of these amazing people involved in the movie, and it's just been exciting. The whole journey has been amazing.

AS: I think what I enjoyed about, um, the character of Pyro in this film is that in X2 there was a lot of inner struggle going on, it wasn't certain where his allegiances were. Were they with the school, with Professor X and passive resistance, or, you know, Magneto and armed, you know, insurgency and terrorism. And, I think in this one, I like that he's made up his mind. He's a guy, a person with a cause now. He's a true believer, you know, he's really crossed over and I think he'd follow Magneto and the Brotherhood, you know, to his death happily. So, I liked having that sort of drive ...

Q: Actually, you weren't just willing to follow, if given the chance you were willing to kill Professor X ...

AS: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Yeah, I mean, I think, he ... the Brotherhood, they really truly believe it's about survival, you know ...

DR: It's about survival, yeah ...

AS: They think that humanity ... with cause, you know, wants them exterminated ...

DR: They're in danger of extinction ...

AS: The idea is we're going to get you before you get us you know. All of these characters in the Brotherhood have been victimized at one point or another, by humanity, and, um, they want to get them back and make sure it never happens to them again.

Q: You were in two and three, now ...

AS: Two and three, one, no ...

Q: Can you discuss the differences between Brett and Bryan?

AS: Yeah, I'll tell you one thing that's similar about them is that they're both perfectionists. And you can trust that when you're working with them they will not let you leave until they have what they want. Until it's perfect, and that's great. One of the differences between the two is really just personality. Bryan is more introverted and Brett Ratner is just a 24-hour party person. Dead sober, never touches anything, I don't think in his life ...

DR: In his life ... nope ...

AS: He's just high on life ...

DR: Not even Red Bull.

AS: Constantly ... he's got natural stimulants coursing through his body at all times. And he's just never down, man. I believe he's shootin' ...

DR: He's like a kid with a favorite toy and he brings that energy to the set.

AS: The world is his toy.

Q: What are some of the coolest stunts you got to do on set? Of course you got to fight with Halle ...

DR: That was the coolest thing I got to do. And then I also, kind of, challenge, a little bit, in the first scene Magneto. You never really see anyone kind of step up to Magneto and challenge him; my first line in the movie is, 'You're so proud of being a mutant, where's your mark?' So she gets to be really, kind of a real presence.

Q: What did you enjoy most about your fight scenes with Halle?

DR: I enjoyed kicking her butt ... the whole preparation for the scenes, it was really hard. I trained for about a month and a half: kickboxing, weights, and hiking, and running, and anything and everything you can possibly imagine, so that whole process was kind of hard and we did practice the fight about, for a couple of weeks before we actually shot it. And then they break it into different pieces so you're not actually going through the whole thing at once. The most challenging part about that was, you know, I had to try not to hit Halle for real.

Q: Were there any slip ups?

DR: Yeah, but everything ... we were really prepared by the time we shot, and yeah, you're shooting a fight scene and you've got to try to do it and be committed to the punches and the kicks and try not to hurt someone while doing it, and sometimes you slip up.

Q: What do you think it is about Magneto that has drawn such powerful personalities as your two characters to follow him rather than assert their own dominance in this cause? Why do you think that they are willing to be lieutenants for this guy?

AS: First of all, like any extremist, um, you know, sect leader, he's incredibly charismatic, you know, that's thanks to Ian McKellen, and just natural poise and Shakespearean bearing. But I also think he makes these people feel empowered, like I said, a lot of these people have been victims their entire life and here's this guy who comes up and says, You don't have to be a victim anymore, you're a god. I think that's a pretty attractive concept. So, come follow me and, um, the world is yours.

Q: So, basically, by almost making them feel welcome, they're willing to ...

AS: He provides acceptance where they only ever had rejection before. A lot of these people have been rejected by their families, turned out into the streets, you know, and he says come be a member of the new family.

DR: Yeah, where you're actually accepted, but I think, also, because my character is the leader of the Moorlocks, and I have people that follow me and I'm a leader and I like the fact that he's a leader and what he believes in, I know that this is bigger than me. And the fact that he's a Class 5 mutant, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that he is ...

AS: Yeah, he is ...

DR: He's a Class 5 mutant, he has bigger powers and I feel like joining him, um, will get me to be successful at fighting his cause.

Q: What was the coolest stunt for you as Pyro?

AS: The coolest stunt? You know, Pyro doesn't have a lot of acrobatics, he's just stand and deliver. He just shoots pillars of fire at people, and blows things up. Um, but I think that the fight with Iceman was a lot of fun. Obviously, on set it was nothing like it is, looked nothing like it did in the final product.

Q: How did you keep from laughing?

(Dania starts to laugh)

AS: We didn't. We laughed a lot, you know, it's two guys standing across a set, you know, pretending ... you have to synchronize your movements (makes motions with his hands) back and forth, whoever has the power at that given time, and grunting and making exertion sounds, yeah, we laughed a lot.

DR: We all worked really long hours, we were so tired. We were like, get this right, don't laugh this time.

AS: You were pretty punchy after a while.

Q: There's been recent talks on the internet ...

DR: Internet? I don't go on the internet, inform me.

Q: ... that there might be a spinoff of the young mutants, a whole new series for themselves, would you guys be in?

DR: I hope so.

AS: I don't know. I love the, certainly, all of the X-Men movies, and I love the cast, and I don't know, if they were spinning off into something entirely different with the young ones, I mean, certainly, I'd have to look at the script and figure out who was involved, and what the project actually was before I made a decision on that.

DR: Yeah, you always want to look at the script, but, as far as the character, would I like to play that character again? Yes. I think you look at the material, who's going to be attached to direct it and who's actually going to come back and attach themselves to the project and then make a decision.

AS: If they handle it with the kind of intelligence and integrity that they have with the X-Men films, I'd certainly want to do it.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of being involved in this saga for both of you?

DR: For me the most rewarding part was to get to work with Brett, and opposite Halle and Sir Ian McKellen and meet all of these amazing people, and Aaron is such a great actor ...

AS: Thank you.

DR: ... I was telling some people before, I just really, it's a learning process acting, anything, I don't know it all and to get the opportunity to be on set every day with people that are so great and just sit back and watch them.

AS: Yeah, I agree. It's the people. It always is, just everyone that I've gotten a chance to know and work with and know ...

Q: If you guys could pick one super power, and you're around so many, which one would you choose for yourself, personally?

DR: If I had to pick any power from anyone in the movie, I think Rogue is, I'd love ...

AS: She has every power ...

DR: She's got every power, really, she can just touch you and suck the life out of you (she starts laughing).

Q: So you want to suck the life out of people?

DR: I want to have the choice. I want to have the option to maybe do it if I felt like it.

Q: So you enjoyed the evil aspects of your character?


DR: What makes you think I wouldn't suck the life out of someone mean, maybe it's for a good cause.


Q: Just askin' ...


DR: And for myself, I think I'd like the power to change people's minds.

Q: Why?

DR: You know, it's just, there are so many injustices in the world and just to be able to, and they also get to do whatever I feel like doing. You can't ever tell me no. (She laughs.)

Q: What about you, Aaron?

AS: I've been saying, I hope I'm getting this character's name right because I've been saying this a lot, but I think his name is Longshot. His power is that he's incredibly incredibly lucky, just unbelievably lucky. He affects probability fields or something and, first of all I always say I'd rather be lucky than good any day of the week, and I love this guy's powers. If he wants to win a battle, he walks into the middle of a crossfire and all of a sudden the bullets all ricochet and hit whoever's been shooting at him. It's a great power.

(Everyone laughs.)

AS: A charmed life, I'll take it.

Q: How comfortable was the latex suit?

DR: It's not comfortable. It's not even latex, it's leather. It's, I'm wearing a rubber pad, and cinched, I have a corset and a belt inside of it, a belt outside of it. They really wanted to create the comic book look with, like, the waist thin and out. I couldn't breathe. I couldn't breathe, the whole movie I couldn't breathe. It was easy to look mean.

AS: Everyone else gets their X leather, the second movie I was running around in my pajamas.

DR: I was really jealous of the guys, well not all of the guys. Juggernaut had to wear that suit.

Q: Or Kelsey with the fur ...

DR: Kelsey, with the fur. He's such a good sport.

Q: Was it hot, well you were in Vancouver ...

DR: It was freezing, did you see what I was wearing? I wasn't comfortable.

AS: And it was the rainy season ... for two weeks straight it rained.

(And then we're told we've reached the end.)

DR: Oh, well, we have to do more interviews ...

Q: Thanks guys ...


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