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[Movies] Iceman Actor Shawn Ashmore Talks Returning to the X-Men Franchise
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.06.2013

IGN interviewed actor Shawn Ashmore who was recently announced as returning to the X-Men movie franchise as Bobby Drake/Iceman with X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Ashmore on talking about X-Men experiences with Kevin Bacon while working together on The Following: "We did talk a little bit about it. We shot the pilot in Atlanta and they shot some of First Class in and around Atlanta. So we talked about it. We knew some of the same people, Bryan Singer having produced First Class. So he was around a little bit, as well as some of the X-Men staple people that we'd both had a chance to work with. We talked about Matthew Vaughn a little bit who was originally supposed to direct X-Men III. I went in and was working with them when they were screen testing for the role of Kitty Pryde while he was still on board. So I met him, and spent and afternoon with him. I was excited. I really liked Layer Cake, that's what he had directed that I'd seen at that point. He was an exciting director. That didn't work out and he moved on to something else, so I kind of asked Kevin about working with Matthew since I didn't get a chance to. And Kevin, I think, had a really good time working on those movies. As did I. So we just had a good chat about that."

Ashmore on if he had any theories for his possible role in Days of Future Past: "Ashmore: Not so much, to be honest. With franchise films you just never know. When I heard it was Days of Future Past I knew it was time travel, but the only time I ever really thought, ‘Oh, maybe I'm actually going to be a part of this' is when Bryan came back to direct. And that's just because we have a relationship and had worked together before. I just thought, ‘Oh, maybe Bryan would want to bring back some of the people he worked with before.' Before that I had no idea, and I didn't theorize too much because that's when you get your hopes up. Because for a long time people were talking about the First Class movie like it was just going to be the young X-Men from the trilogy, and sort of just focus on the young members. And obviously that was not the case at all. So I never take anything too seriously when the talk is happening, because until the studio calls you officially, you have no idea."

Ashmore on when he knew he'd be in the movie: "Well I didn't find out the day the tweet was sent out, I'll say that. I knew before that. There had been some talks, but nothing solid. There had been a few phone calls like, ‘Hey are you free?' And those are always good signs. But until there's a formal offer, it's just talk and it can go in a million different directions for many reasons. So I feel like I've known about it for a couple of weeks, but again, it's really just conversation until the official announcement."

Ashmore on if he's read the script: "I know about the script, but I haven't been able to read the script. (Laughs) I haven't read the script, but I have a very good idea of what's happening and what my role is. I know, but I'm sworn to secrecy."


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