Bryan Singer Discusses Deleted Magneto Scene From ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

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*SPOILER ALERT* This article delves into plot points for X-Men: Apocalypse. 

X-Men: Apocalypse has a lot to grasp onto. Narratively, there is plenty to unravel with the many storylines that lead up to the film’s climactic finale. And despite mixed critical reviews, one of the aspects of the film that seems to get a universal consensus is Michael Fassbender’s Magneto. Once again, the two-time Academy Award-nominee showcases that his talent is unbelievable when applying his sensibilities to the iconic mutant that Sir Ian McKellen previously portrayed.

Magneto’s arc in X-Men: Apocalypse takes him to further depths in his development. We already saw his sad childhood in Auschwitz in previous films, and seeing Fassbender give such nuances to his role adds a certain gravitas to the mutant saga that other superhero films don’t have.

Of course, with a film dense with many stories and characters, it’s hard for a director to keep all the scenes he wants. In an interview with The Empire Film Podcast, director Bryan Singer discussed a deleted scene that involved Magneto singing his now-deceased family a lullaby:

Michael Fassbender does something amazing in the forest beyond what you see. In the context of the cut it didn’t quite work. It’s just the nature of when you assemble a movie together and it’s just heartbreaking because he went above and beyond and out of context as a scene it’s just amazing and beautiful. In the flow of the picture I had to shorten it a little. We were in the tent in the woods and I was in tears, Jason, who runs my company grabbed a Kleenex, Simon Kimberg who has no emotions; had emotions – [laughs] no he really did, we looked at each other. And the best moment was after he had done the scene, Michael [Fassbender] asked if I would not call cut so he could take all the way through and when he was done with it he got up and I was so shaken I hugged him and I just said “thank you for that… now I need you to do it again. This time look over at the guys and I’m going to put the camera in a different place” and he goes “yeah sure, why not” and he did it again and it was heartbreaking. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy can literally decide when they want to cry, which eye they want to cry out of and when that tear falls and I’m not joking.

As touching as the scene sounds, I think it was the right move on Singer’s part to not feature the scene in the movie. I do hope, this means that in the eventual Blu-Ray release, we can see this deleted scene and possibly with some added commentary. Fassbender and James McAvoy’s dynamic in X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse is arguably where these films hold their purpose. They explore the human side of people with extraordinary powers better than most comic book movies today.

X-Men: Apocalypse is in theaters now.

Source: The Empire Film Podcast 

Noah Villaverde

Noah Villaverde

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  • TomDJ

    “Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy can literally decide when they want to cry, which eye they want to cry out of and when that tear falls and I’m not joking.”

    Pro actors right there.

  • skwirrl

    Would strongly disagree with critics on this one. Yah the dialogue was ham-handed but the direction was good, the story was appropriate to Apocalypse, he was decent, (which is a very difficult task), the acting for the most part was very good aside from the poor writing for their interactions.

    Solid B. A for action – B for story – C- for dialogue. Slight deduction for JLaw being on the film and not showing off her nice little bhole