A few weeks before seeing [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942), I started watching American Horror Story; a strange and eerie story about the dead and the living and the inbetween. I became enthralled with it; especially the character of TATE. I couldn't figure out why, but I knew I had seen him somewhere before. It's a game I play during anything I watch. But I didn't realize, till I went to see the new X-men movie, that Tate was none other than Kinberg's Quicksilver. I knew that if he took to the role half as good as he did the character of Tate, he was going to wow everyone...
After proving critics wrong by being the breakout star of Days of Future Past, Evan Peters can now sit back and grin and say just about anything he likes. But, what did he say?
The Hollywood Report asked him a few questions:
THR: When you were cast, did you know Quicksilver would become a breakout character?
No, not at all. I knew the character was cool and what they had written was great. But I didn't know any of the special effects they had planned. I had never done anything like this before. They were filming it and said it would look really cool. I'm super happy with it and pleasantly surprised by how awesome it turned out.
THR: When was the first time you saw all of your scenes onscreen?
Evan:I saw it the Tuesday before the premiere in New York. I was super excited and almost in shock at how good the movie was and how the Quicksilver stuff looked. You stole scenes from huge characters such as Wolverine and Magneto.
THR: What was that like?
Evan: It was pretty intimidating. I had grown up watching all of the X-Men films, and then there's Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in front of me. I was really nervous. They were great and really funny and nice guys — Hugh and James [McAvoy] and Nicholas [Hoult]. They were awesome.
THR: What was the key to getting the character so right?
Evan: It was trying to find the right attitude for him. You don't want to make him too crazy and too caffeinated. But it was really the mischievous quality that was something that Bryan and I worked on. He's faster than the law. He sort of has this attitude that he can get away with anything.
THR: What was shooting the kitchen scene like?
Evan: It was really cool because in the elevator me and Fassbender got to improvise a lot and just play around, which is so much fun. He's such a cool guy. Then we get upstairs to the kitchen and it's all very technical. There are a lot of motion capture camera moves and you are shooting with a phantom camera, which shoots in super slow motion – and the room is brighter than any sunny day. And there are these four guys keeping their eyes open and pretending to be frozen. And I'm just running around pretending to move them. There's a section of the scene where I'm moving the arms of two cops, so their guns will move. Then I'm supposed to sprint to the other end of the room to prevent the bullets from hitting my friends –- but there's water all over the floor and I slip and fall – I just eat shit (laughs). That stuff looks incredibly physical. They tried to teach me some parkour. They tried to teach me some jumping over shit and that was funny too.
THR: Did you get good at it?
Evan: Not really — it's very hard! Writer Simon Kinberg said Quicksilver could have an expanded role. Do you know anything about that? I would love to be back, especially the way Simon is talking.
THR: What's it like now that the movie is finally hitting theaters? (Note, we spoke to him on opening day, May 23).
Evan: I'm like a kid in a candy store. I'm just so happy to be a part of this movie. Hugh Jackman says he sneaks into a theater and watches a movie with the crowd. I'm thinking that's a good idea and might do that this weekend.
You better believe Evan will be back. He was as much the perfect young Quicksilver as Jackman was and still is Wolverine. I can't wait to see him play an older version and see what he does with it. Maybe this will entice Kinberg to tackle both his sisters, Polaris and (oh, please) the Scarlet Witch!