Anna Paquin's part was cut from upcoming 'X-Men' film, says director(Read article summary)
Anna Paquin's scene was cut from the movie 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' said director Bryan Singer. Anna Paquin stars as Rogue in the film series.
It was back in January whenÂ X-Men: Days of Future PastÂ director Bryan Singer revealed that the growing cast of the X-Men: First Class sequel would also see the return of familiar faces Iceman, Kitty Pryde and Rogue, played by Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page and Anna Paquin, respectively. They, along with most of the franchise staples from the originalÂ X-Men movie trilogy return for the sections of theÂ Days of Future PastÂ story that take place in a post-apocalyptic future â€“ in an alternate timeline.
With so many mutant characters vying for screen time in the ensemble(s), we knew many major characters from Marvel Comics wouldnâ€™t get much to do, especially with star Hugh Jackman describing the project as three movies in one. Itâ€™s so packed in fact, that at least one of the major characters wonâ€™t even make it into the theatrical version of the film.
EW spoke with Bryan Singer who confirmed that Anna Paquinâ€™s scenes as the X-Men character Rogue had to be cut.
â€śThrough the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. Itâ€™s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though sheâ€™s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she wonâ€™t appear in it.â€ť
Singer continued, explaining that the decision to remove Rogue from the theatrical cut entirely had nothing to do with Paquinâ€™s performance.
â€śShe was awesome in the sequence. Sheâ€™s a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat.â€ť
The scene in question involved Rogue, Iceman, Professor X and Magneto and a rescue mission and parts of that appear in theÂ X-Men: Days of Future PastÂ teaser trailer.Â We heard that she only had a few scenes but that they were relatively important ones so the fact they sheâ€™s cut out entirely could mean there have been some late-stage tweaks to the project.
Itâ€™s possible that sinceÂ X-Men: Apocalype just recently became an official project in the works for a 2016 release â€“ with Singer, Simon Kinberg,Â Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty working out the storyÂ -Â thatÂ Days of Future Past has changed since it finished shooting. Perhaps now it was re-worked a bit with the extra weeks of shooting that occurred this month to lead into and setupÂ Apocalypse but thatâ€™s just speculation. We still donâ€™t know whoâ€™s returning fromÂ Days of Future Past for the next sequel outside of the main stairs ofÂ X-Men: First Class who are contracted for three pictures each.
As for Rogue, fans disappointed in how the character was underutilized in theÂ X-Men trilogy â€“ and arguably ruined inÂ X3: The Last StandÂ - are so desensitized to her not getting a fair shake in the film universe that Anna Paquinâ€™s scenes being cut will have no effect. Itâ€™s par for the course after all. While promotingÂ X3, Paquin made it abundantly clear that she wasnâ€™t too impressed that after three films she still didnâ€™t get to acquire additional powers and partake in the action. That trend continues here, but in this case, it seems to be in service of polishing the story which we canâ€™t complain about. More reason to pick upÂ X-Men: Days of Future Past on home video?
Rob Keyes blogs at Screen Rant.