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James McAvoy X-Men: First Class Interview Video

James McAvoy (The Conspirator, Wanted) stars as Charles Xavier / Professor X in X-Men: First Class, a prequel that delves into the history of some of our favorite X-Men characters. McAvoy's Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender's Erik Lensherr butt heads in this origin story directed by Matthew Vaughn, with appearances by characters not featured in other X-Men films.

In this interview provided by 20th Century Fox, McAvoy discusses the style and era of the film, the backstory explored in the movie, his character's decision to start a school for mutants, Charles Xavier as a mutant, and the film's themes:

Video footage courtesy of 20th Century Fox

X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Rose Byrne, and is set to hit theaters on June 3, 2011.

X-Men: First Class Plot:

Charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

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