Bryan Singer On Deleted X-Men Apocalypse Scene

Apocalypse Mall

Depending on where you’re based in the world you may or may not have seen X-Men Apocalypse yet. The critic response hasn’t been favourable and I personally haven’t been a great lover of a lot of the other films in the X-Men franchise, however I thoroughly enjoyed this outing, so when I heard about a deleted scene as fun as this, I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed that it didn’t make the cut. So what was the scene? Well there’s a moment of the film where our young new cast talk about visiting a mall but unfortunately a mention is all we’re privy to, in fact you see more of it in a TV Spot, but apparently there’s more, much more. Bryan Singer weighed in on the scene in a talk with Cinema Blend;

“There’s a much [longer version of that scene]. I did an entire montage of them hanging around the mall, going to record stores, going to an arcade that I named after my childhood arcade, Space Port, when I lived in New Jersey… The whole idea was to show them among people, and it was fun, it was set to music. There’s one really fun beat where, well, she pointed it out, Sophie Turner – who is gorgeous – her strange resemblance to Boy George on the cover of this one album. So we literally have a scene, which you’ll see on the DVD, where Cyclops says, ‘Anyone ever tell you you look like this?’ (pretends to hold up a record). And she’s like, ‘Scott!’ It’s great. There’s a lot of sweet moments – one where Nightcrawler looks and people are just staring at him. There’s one where a guy just nods and smiles. And he’s like, ‘They don’t fear us!’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, because mutants live among us now.’”

Sounds like a fun scene, right? As strange as it may be, my biggest desire coming out of the theatre was to see what happened at the mall. Maybe it’s spawned from my dream X-Men film being about teenagers just trying to fit in, very much in the vein of The Breakfast Club and it sounds like we almost got it. Of course so much in film ends up on the cutting room floor and often never seeing the light of day. Fortunately for us it sounds like it’s something we’ll be seeing in the future. But are you wondering why this scene didn’t quite make it? Singer also filled us in there too;

“And in the end, when you look at a film as a feature, it’s called ‘the collective experience.’ And you find certain things that you loved so much in individual scenes, they somehow disrupt the collective experience. And so that was one area where I made a drastic reduction – well, not that drastic a reduction. It’s like a minute or two, or less. But there are some fun beats!”

So there you have it. That’s the world of editing unfortunately and love the decision or hate it, you will be able to check out the scene for yourself when it comes out on Blu Ray and DVD some time later this year.

X-Men Apocalypse is hitting theatres in the US on May 27th.

Source: Cinema Blend

Tommy Terry-Green

Tommy Terry-Green

Tommy is a Staff Writer at Heroic Hollywood from London, UK. He also co-founded GEEKSPACE and writes for Generation Comics.