Patrick Stewart clearly has fun playing Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men movie franchise. But when the character died at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand, and seemingly woke in another body in the end-credits scene (um, spoilers for people who are several years behind in their movie watching), it seemed his run was over as the character. Of course, those who saw the end-credits scene of 2013’s The Wolverine knew he’d be back for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
”There’s vaporization, and vaporization,” the actor jokingly said on Good Morning America. He went on to say that it’s all Wolverine’s fault. “The reason is that Hugh just couldn’t do it without me.”
The cast, in a group interview on the morning show, said they grew together gradually, with the future sequences shot first to reunite the old cast, then brought in the younger cast of X-Men: First Class to be mixed in.
"When I took over the role, I never thought for a minute we'd be in the same movie together, let alone share a scene together, but my first day, which was Patrick's last day on the set, just to get that handover, which I never had in the previous movie, it really felt like a kind of relay and that energy being passed,” said the younger Xavier, James McAvoy. He joked that having that direct handoff from the legendary actor made him feel like “this character will not be safe with me,” though.
Ellen Page, meanwhile enjoyed the older take on Kitty Pryde, saying she’s “more fierce.” Robin Roberts also showed her comic book geek cred, pointing out the change from comic to film of who time travels, and Lauren Shuler-Donner gave shout-outs to creators of the era like Chris Claremont and Len Wein for their contributions.
Jackman jokes that he felt his age when they were off set though, in the candid interview. See the whole interview with Jackman, Stewart, McAvoy, Ellen Page, and producer Shuler-Donner below for more.