Speaking exclusively to SciFiNow, American Horror Story star Evan Peters revealed how his take on mutant super-speedster Quicksilver is supposed to look goofy, and how those jaw-dropping visual effects come into being in X-Men: Days Of Future Past…
Have you always been an X-Men fan?
I loved all the X-Men films growing up. Obviously all the special effects and then just the fact they have these super-powers that you could actually see on the big screen was something amazing and so cool to me, and I always wanted to have a super power like Wolverine, you know, have the Adamantium in the skull and be able to bring out the claws.
I love it, man. All the characters were so cool to me and it was really cool to become a part of that and find a superpower myself, finally!
Was it weird filming all your big superpowered action scenes in isolation from everyone else?
Yeah, it was pretty difficult making that work. It was a lot of motion capture, just starting and stopping, getting little snippets of one part… I mean, in the end I think it’s going to cut together beautifully but it was a lot of work trying to do all that.
Especially in that really bright light, you had a Phantom camera [also used to capture the SloMo sequences in Dredd] and in order to have that camera capture all these gestures it’s super bright in there, those super bright lights are hot as hell, slippery and wet and everything… it was a lot of fun, we had a lot of fun getting it all.
I guess the goggles must have helped in the light!
Exactly! [laughs] The goggles play a role!
The costume’s taken a lot of abuse online, do you think people will come round when they see it in action?
I do, actually. The pictures are taken out of context. You do forget that it is 1972, you do forget that he’s a teenager and he’s kinda of a punk before he actually becomes the grown Quicksilver, where his costume and his hair’s all spiked and cool looking – this is before that, this pre-superhero Quicksilver, this is when he’s just a kid living in his parents’ basement.
So I think the costume fits really well with what happens in the actual story and people are going to be really excited.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be released on 22 May 2014. Read our massive behind the scenes special in the new issue of SciFiNow and find out more about the comics that inspired the film with our awesome new digital magazine Uncanny Comics.