New Information Revealed About the Action & Effects in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Published: March 10, 2011 - 9:45am
Exclusive: A crew member from the set of Fox' upcoming X-Men prequel hails the film's action scenes as being on par with Inception and The Dark Knight and has disclosed a few promising tidbits about a particular scene.
Though our insider does not wished to be named at this point, he has provided us with a few details about X-Men: First Class' action sequences which are being overseen by well-respected stunt coordinator Tom Struthers. Struthers has recently received accolades for his groundbreaking work on Christopher Nolan’s latest two films Inception and The Dark Knight. “These guys are some of the best in the industry and they prove it every time. What I can say, with complete confidence is that the action will be beyond expectations." He went on to say that some of the action scenes in the latest X-Men sequel “go big” and are on par with what fans have seen in Nolan’s last two films.
It also appears that director Matthew Vaughn is utilizing as many practical effects for the film as possible, even for scenes where most filmmakers would choose post production CG work. “They used some of the most high tech equipment I have ever seen. Computerized flying rigs connected to five or six giant cranes that were able to smoothly glide an actor 60 feet in the air... up and down, side to side and even turn them. The fact that they are literally flying (obviously from a wire) takes away the cheesy green screen effect. These guys were able to fly around sections of the beach the size of a football field; any direction under full control.
Our insider proceeded to detail a scene that takes place on a famous ship called the R/V Knorr, which is a research vessel responsible for discovering the wreckage of the Titanic. In First Class, the ship was transformed to resemble a Coast Guard vessel. Here is the info:
"There is an intense action sequence taking place in the ocean where nine Black Ops team members in three small tactical boats approach and attempt to board the other ship carrying Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw and other members of the Hellfire Club.
"This all happens in the cover of night, and as the team tries to climb aboard the target ship at a high rate of speed they are one by one flipped violently out of the boats by Erik Lenssher (Magneto)."
X-Men First Class 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.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, Morgan Lily, Zoe Kravitz, Bill Bilner. X-Men: First Class opens in theaters on June 3rd, 2011.