Rogue May Still Be In X-Men: Days Of Future Past
The most popular response to our X-Men: Days Of Future Past cover reveals on Twitter was, “OMG!” Only slightly less popular was, “Wait, how come Rogue gets an Empire cover when she’s not in the movie any more?” Inside the issue – on shelves now – director Bryan Singer and writer Simon Kinberg shine a little more light on the situation.
“It was one real sequence in the movie,” explains Kinberg. “We felt like it was taking tension out of the main story drive.”
This is the sole scene Singer revealed he had cut from the film during the editing process a month ago, much to the chagrin of fans who wanted to see more of Anna Paquin’s touchy mutant, especially as she is apparently a survivor of the Sentinel apocalypse along with Ian McKellen’s Magneto, Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and the rest.
“It does not mean that we won’t see her in the film,” Singer adds, enigmatically. “Also, I hope to make the sequence available on the DVD as she was quite wonderful in it. She is an important part of the X-Men family. I ‘m very pleased she will remain as one of Empire’s anniversary covers.”
The most important thing to note there is that, “it does not mean that we won’t see her in the film.” Presumably, even with Rogue’s key scene removed, the character will have a background role of some capacity.
Anna Featured On Empire Cover
Empire Magazine’s March 2014 issue is going to have 25 different covers to correlate with their coverage of X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Despite her being cut from the film, Anna as Rogue is featured on one of the covers! Below are their tweets regarding her cover, and also their response to questions regarding her being cut. You can buy Rogue’s individual cover here, though you have your choice of covers as well.
Anna Talks To ABC
Anna Paquin admits it’s very convenient raising her 16-month-old twins Charlie and Poppy with a husband who has lots of experience with kids.
“All the jokes about the dads and the diapers, and them being useless, he’s not!” Paquin told ABC News about her husband and “True Blood” co-star Stephen Moyer.
“I like poo,” Moyer joked right back.
Moyer already has two grown children Billy, 13, and Lilac, 11, from before the couple married in 2010, so he added that the step-kids were a great “little starter” for the new mother.
“My kids have been with us a lot, so Anna already had a huge understanding of that, she’s very much part of their lives,” Moyer said.
WHAT TO KNOW
- “All the jokes about the dads and the diapers, and them being useless, he’s not!” Anna Paquin told ABC News about her husband and “True Blood” co-star Stephen Moyer.
The all-star couple spoke to ABC News as part of a new movie “Free Ride,” starring Paquin produced by Moyer.
Moyer and Paquin and really enjoying their new twins, they said, especially after they were born a few weeks premature in 2012.
“You just do what you have to do. We weren’t the only people who have gone through that situation,” Moyer said of the babies’ rough start. “There’s loads of other people we got very close to in a similar situation.”
The “Sound of Music Live” star added that the experience only brought his family closer together.
“It brings you together in a sense that you can’t not do it. You have to be there and do the best you can,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any right or wrong way of it going, you just do what you can at the time.”
Now, Paquin’s twins are doing great and even before they were born, the actress’s protective, mothering instincts were apparent on the set of her new film.
Moyer explained that when he visited the production for “Free Ride,” he noticed a “beautiful sense of the family unit.”
“Ava, who plays [Paquin's] youngest daughter [Shell], she would sort of come over and just be next to Anna,” he said. “She becomes incredibly mothering of kids when they are on set.”
“Free Ride” is out in theaters today in New York, Los Angeles and Video on Demand, and stars Paquin, Drea de Matteo and Cam Gigandet.
It’s “such a powerful story, I think a lot of people wanted to be part of it,” Paquin said of playing a mother who turns to dealing drugs while in search of a better life for her kids.
Anna Talks To ELLE
As the story goes, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer fell in love while playing star-crossed lovers on the hit HBO show True Blood. And though season seven of the vampire drama doesn’t return until summer, the couple—who welcomed twins Charlie and Poppy in late 2012—continue to collaborate on passion projects. Their latest effort, co-producing the thriller Free Ride (out today) stars Paquin as Christina, a single mom in the late ’70s who turns to pot smuggling to make ends meet. In real life, however, these two couldn’t be further from dire straits. The frisky duo let ELLE.com in on their disparate uses for cough medicine, bedroom seduction tactics, and how not to make an indie film.
What’s it like when you’re working together in different capacities?
Anna Paquin: It’s just as well that we like each other. [Giggles]
Stephen Moyer: It’s how we met; I think that’s key. We met working, and seeing each other in each other’s working environment. And she works really hard, which always makes me feel like I don’t do enough. So that’s really good to be around, because that makes me kind of ramp up.
So you don’t have to crack the whip with her,when you’re directing or producing…
SM: That’s at home. That’s in the bedroom.
SP: Excuse me! [Laughs] Please try to restrain yourself from saying anything completely inappropriate. Ignore him.
Are we getting a little sneak peek at how you guys would handle disputes, either on set or not?
SM: When it comes to disputes, it’s usually more of a …
SM: … a discussion about where you’re trying to get to and what you’re trying to do. Anna was very good to me the first couple of times I directed, because she knew that I was under pressure, so she did everything that I asked. By the second or third time, it was more like, ‘You’re asking me to do something that is actually not humanly possible.’
AP: I’d go, ‘Actually, I can’t. I’m really sorry. My go-go dancer arms are at home.’ [Laughs]
Both this and your past film ‘Almost Famous’ are in relatively the same time period, and have the same vibe, at least when it comes to drugs…
AP: Yeah! Although lifestyle and socioeconomic reality-wise, they couldn’t possibly be further apart on the spectrum. Just thinking of the resources we had on that makes me feel anxious about what we didn’t have on Free Ride! Like who the hell did we think we were, trying to do a relatively high-concept period piece on absolutely no money? And no time?
SM: If you’re going to make an independent film, you have to think, ‘Okay, I’m going to do something for a really low budget,’ so you’re not going to set it in…
SM: Whenever you do anything period, that’s money. You’re not going to put animals in it, you’re not going to have children in it. Certainly don’t set it at sea.
AP: Pretty much every single one of the big no-nos, we did. But that’s kind of the excitement of it. Not being entirely sure that you’re going to get it done, until you leave on the last day—there’s something thrilling about that.
Free Ride Is Now Out!
Free Ride is out in NYC and LA today. It’s playing at Cinema Village in NYC and Arena Cinema in LA if you’re located in or near either location. It’s also available On-Demand through Amazon and iTunes.
Anna Discusses Free Ride With CBS
Anna, along with Stephen, spoke to CBS recently about Free Ride. The film will be out in select NYC and LA theatres tomorrow, as well available On-Demand.
Rogue Cut From X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Unfortunately it looks like Rogue was cut from Days Of Future.
There will be one less mutant in this summer’s highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, which combines the casts of the original X-Men trilogy with those of 2011?s First Class. Director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) has revealed to EW exclusively that a rescue sequence — shot early in the film’s production and featuring Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Rogue (Anna Paquin), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) — has been cut from the final film. Sadly, this means that Rogue’s screen time has been significantly chopped down as well.
“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” explains Singer. “It’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 she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”
Singer emphasizes that the decision had nothing to do with the Oscar-winning True Blood star, who was on set for only week of Days of Future Past, or with her performance. “She did a fantastic job,” says the director. “She was awesome in the sequence. She’s a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat.”
Singer, who is still editing the film in advance of its release on May 23, 2014, has already broken the news to Paquin. “She completely understood,” he says. “It’s very disappointing, but she’s very professional and she knows that stuff happens, particularly with material you shoot early on in production. Films evolve.”