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Listen to The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day very carefully, my friend: Killing will not bring you peace.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

It’s rare that I post a BTS image from a very recent movie. This column is about the love of all cinema, from every decade and every genre, so I don’t rule out very modern images, but when they’re too recent it feels like promotion. It doesn’t really jibe with the column in my mind.

Today’s pic is from Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class and is probably the most recent film ever covered in this history of this column… but what can I say? I love Michael Fassbender as Magneto and this image comes from a very recognizable moment in the movie.

Vaughn’s film isn’t perfect, but it’s damn close to a perfect X-Men film. I would have been fine if the whole thing was Lehnsherr hunting down Nazis, to be honest. I still find little fault with Bryan Singer’s X2 and think it might edge out Vaughn’s film if only because of Wolverine actually being Wolverine and killing fools when they attack the school. In fact, the biggest problem with Singer’s X2 is that Brett Ratner and Fox fucked up the follow-through turning one of the best story arcs in comic history into a polished, but forgettable piece of popcorny fluff.

Overall I like the casting better in Vaughn’s film (sorry Anna, you’re a lot of things but a perfect Rogue ain’t one of ‘em) and I can’t wait to see where they’re heading with the sequel.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at Fassbender being an awesome Magneto. Thanks to Pat Barnett for sending this one along. Click to enlargen!



If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s pic is a really nice shot of two L’s chilling out on the set of one of the best horror comedies of all time.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One (warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Peace was never an option.

    by Chuck

    Great movie, great pic.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    It didn't take five minutes of seeing Fassbender in this movie

    by Raptor Jesus

    To know it would make him a star. And it did.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Fassbender/Magneto was the best part of the movie.

    by iakobos

    Looking forward to the next installment.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Sometimes all it takes is one scene...

    by Last_of_the_Emurites

    Sometimes all it takes is one scene to sell a movie to the audience. If characters are set up, acted, and utilized properly, your typical audience will follow the characters anywhere with very little question. The scene that sold the movie to me was the scene between Charles and Erik, where he teaches him how to control his mutant power by digging deep into his memory and emotion to harness it. The emotion Fassbender brought to the scene was excellent. Great movie, that once again showed how good a "comic book" movie can really be by just having a moment or two like these to sell the rest of the story for the audience to follow, without question.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Hey, nice Navy.

    by gotilk

    But I'm Magneto, bitch.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    two L

    by SonnyBonoWigDo

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST

    two L's

    by SonnyBonoWigDo

    i'm hoping one L is Landis and the film is An American Werewolf in London.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:26 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    He doesn't get the credit he deserves for this movie either. I think he's fantastic as Xavier and is able to bring a side to him to the screen that the audiences aren't expecting, but does so in a way that doesn't feel like he's trying to be different than Patrick Stewart. The relationship between Charles and Erik works so well that I kind of wish they saved Erik's turn to darkness for a future film.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Strike that, reverse it.

    by 2sdaychicken

    Vaughn’s film isn’t perfect, but it’s damn close to a perfect X-Men film.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by 2sdaychicken

    HUH? Other way around? First Class is a decent film, but it couldn't stray any farther from the comics.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    This is the third horribly disappointing X-film from Fox in a row.

    by Gabe Athouse

    Quint, you like the casting? Apart from the two leads, every character is completely forgettable (even the completely wasted Oliver Platt). The writers had a checklist of things they wanted to establish or refer to in the movie, and struck all these things off the incredibly long list while defying all logic of plot and characterization. So the two most powerful mutants in the world meet by accident in a kitchen as children, then grow up and announce to the FBI that they're the greatest threat to national security imaginable, while Sebastian Shaw tries to provoke WWIII because mutants would survive a nuke like a fridge or something, while Emma Frost stares blankly and turns her clothes into digital diamonds and Beast turns into Dee Wallace from the last scene of The Howling. I do not get why this turd gets a pass - is it because it seemed better than the previous two turkeys? (X-3 and Wolverine: The Motion Picture) For everything they got right, there are a thousand things wrong. Sure, McAvoy was a good choice - except the character was written as a complete joke of a douchelord. Ahh! Forget it. I would have walked out of the theater when Emma leaned out of the submarine to chip glacier ice into Shaw's glass if my companion hadn't insisted on staying. The only hope is that they dump the cast save the two leads, recruit some mutants you might actually care about (and who don't scream so hard they can fly or wtf) and force Charles and Eric to join together against a common enemy with a motivation that makes even some sort of logical sense. Like the Sentinels, perhaps. If the next film can crawl out from under the onus of prequelism and actually tell a good X-Men story, it has a chance.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST

    And, yeah, I know Banshee can scream so hard he can fly in the comics.

    by Gabe Athouse

    And that's the one thing from the comics they're faithful to? Oy.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:57 a.m. CST

    More Magneto vs. 60's racism in the sequel!!!

    by Onin Solstice

    Using the mutants struggle for acceptance in the turbulent, race-fueled 60's is the way to give this reboot some legs!

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Best cameo...

    by The Dum Guy

    So, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is the only linchpin to the entire film series?

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Hey nice disco move there Mags!

    by Spaderific

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Agree quint and a few other things

    by DavidBanner

    McAvoy and Fassbender both were terrific and Kevin Bacon was great too. I don't care if he looks nothing like Shaw from the comics, Bacon delivered. He always does. One of the best actors working today. Yes the movie strayed away from the comics, but it delivered a terrific story. It would be nice to see Angel, Iceman, Cyclops, and Jean Grey in the next flick. I'm not counting on that though. For me the other 3 X-Men movies only work BECAUSE of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart, Nightcrawler, and the storyline for Wolverine. I can't even watch the first movie anymore. If the second film hadn't focused on Wolverine as much as it did, that one would be hard to watch. Aside from the action sequences with Wolverine in Last Stand, that film is forgettable. Singer is NOT particularly good at casting (ex/ Superman Returns). It's not that he doesn't cast good actors. They just don't seem to fit the roles. Sir Ian McKellan is a great actor, but to me he is just not Magneto. He just doesn't have the physicality to pull it off. Never has that powerful presence that Magneto has in the comics.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST

    The problem with X2 goes beyond Ratner's X-Claws

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    How about the fact that Singer plagiarized, beat for beat, Wrath of Khan? It was neat when I was 17 but at 26, it's unacceptable. The only scene I hold highly is Magneto's escape from the plastic cell. This is a reasonable reboot of the series and I hope Vaughn throws more of that trilogy out the window.

  • Right back to his co. Kerry roots - very bad, and brought lots of laughter from the audience when I saw it (in a Dublin cinema).

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST


    by Fortunesfool

    For some reason 'evil' magneto is Irish. I'm pretty sure there's a good explanation somewhere ;)

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:55 a.m. CST

    McAvoy, Fassbender, and (unbelievably) Bacon

    by MCVamp

    ...should have been allowed to spar for 3 movies. Bacon showed more range than I thought he was capable of as Shaw, and Xavier and Magneto should have been allowed to be allies for at least one more film. The downside of the movie is the determination to cram as many mutants as possible into the film to enable a balls-out group battle scene at some point. Even Singer knew to try and avoid that, but Ratner and Vaughn had no such restraint. Emma Frost in particular came off so flat. It's annoying that the bullshit "diamond" gimmick that was tacked onto her power set in the 90's is still being carried on. Most of the other mutants, with the exception of Darwin (who was of course, quickly killed) and Mystique seemed to be out of an entirely different movie with a lower budget and lower-quality script. I was entertained and even surprised, however the rushed, point-A to point-B ending (really? Did Xavier really have to be crippled RIGHT AWAY) took a lot of steam out of what had been a damn fine effort for the first 60 minutes.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:44 a.m. CST

    I don't think you can solely blame Ratner and Fox...

    by Righteous Brother

    For X3. If you're talking about them screwing up the Dark Pheonix story-arc - there was no way, the X-Men were ever going to go up to the moon and fight the Shi-ar empire, and that was due to the groundwork laid by Singer in the first X-Men.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Ratner & Fox

    by Johnboy40

    I agree that you can't blame them completely, and I know Singer made a dull superman movie, but I can't help but feel that he would have delivered a better pay off than Ratners..especially if his rumoured plan for spreading the story over two sequels was true.

  • I think it would have had more resonance if Erik had gone bad later on, especially since McAvoy and Fassbender had such great chemistry as a team ("More tea vicar?"), it would have been great to see them build on that in a sequel. Magneto could then go bad at the end in time for an epic third outing with Sentinels. Personally I think the First Class series should be turned into a reboot and ignore the original trilogy, as Ratner has tainted that series. That then frees them up to recast Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, etc and bring them all in.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:47 a.m. CST

    First Class was good

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    Because Michael Ironside was in it. No film is ever bad when that happens.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:50 a.m. CST

    couldn't save fall of Magneto for sequel

    by DavidBanner

    I can understand the desire to do that, but this movie could have been a one -off. No guarantees for a sequel. I think they needed Magneto to "turn to the darkside" for the film to pay off. I'm so glad Vaughn is returning to do the sequel. I think Singer is a good director. I think it would have been interesting to see how he would have handled the third movie. I wish he had done that rather than Superman Returns.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Johnboy 40

    by Righteous Brother

    I hadn't heard that rumour about X3 being split over two movies - that might've been good. I like First Class - but I'm not a huge fan of the mutants, that made up the first team. Banshee, Havok etc....I almost wish, they had completely rebooted the series and put Cycke, Jean, Iceman and Beast together - I'm still glad Vaughn's doing a sequel to First Class though.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:54 a.m. CST


    by ChickenStu


  • Feb. 20, 2012, 5:22 a.m. CST

    This makes me long for practical effects

    by Johan

    Where are the boats and rockets.. oh wait... they did that in POST!?

  • ....Right to the last action scene where he tells Shaw 'I agree with you....But you did kill my mother.' Hope to see Fassbender back as Magneto, have to agree with some other comments that most of the younger mutants were miscast-except the young beast, he was spot on for me.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    My only real issue with the movie...

    by adml_shake

    was how fast they had Charles/Eric befriend each other and then break them up. I think it would have served the franchise well had they waited until the end of the second or third movie to have a spike driven between the two ending their friendship.

  • ..after the original director had dropped-out just ahead of shooting. The new script was a rush-job, but I think Vaughan & Goldman did okay. I hope they get an opportunity to devote greater time to crafting a sequel. I wanna see 'em make Kick-Ass 2 first, though.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 6:45 a.m. CST

    The fall of Xavier/Magneto's friendship...

    by Sean1701

    is how Anakin and Obi-Wan's friendship should have been handled. At least Eric's major turning point was killing the monster that created Magneto as a child. Anakin? He killed a room full of kids! That scene at the end of ROTS, when Anakin is ranting at the ship, only to see Obi-Wan standing there in a Superman pose, made me smile. Why? Because at that point, I wanted Anakin to be put in his place and Obi-Wan was the guy to do it. Magneto felt more tragic. McAvoy was excellent in First Class and his performance sold the betrayal he felt at Magneto's turning point. In fact, Eric BECOMES Magneto in that scene.

  • The two best "summer movies" of 2011 were this and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Both were much better than I expected, and much better than they had any right to be.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 8:04 a.m. CST

    X2 > FC

    by Logan_1973

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST


    by DavidBanner

    You are so right about Beast. Best of the younger mutants.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    tangcameo - funny line!

    by DavidBanner

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    ahh ahh ahh ahh stayin alive! stayin alive!

    by vulturess

    whether ur a beauty or whether ur a mutie ur stayin alive! stayin alive!

  • ROFL.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    =Singer is NOT particularly good at casting=

    by KilliK


  • Feb. 20, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST


    by KilliK

    something,try to base your opinion on REAL FACTS.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Does this make my butt look big?

    by Snookeroo

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    McAvoy: Can we find a shorter, uglier male lead?

    by UltraTron

    He ruined wanted by being an ugly shrimp. Even Morgan Freeman expected him to be taller. Tom Cruise he ain't. Cruise may be short but he looks like an olympic gymnast with his short off in mission 4. Thank the shit casting gods he'll be in a wheelchair the next film and you won't notice he's shorter than the petitest girl in the film. Just a diminutive pug of a boy. I don't buy his fuckin accent either. Probably sounds like a cockney punk in real life. Ok. Well. That was mean. Guess ya can't have everything. Well I guess it's time to lay into Banshee. Banshee the made up because we don't have any rights to cool characters piece of ginger snap shit we'll just stink up the film with that bullshit and a stripper with shit fuck fairy wings. Fuck almighty I hate Fox and every fucking aspect of their Murdock cunt shit fuck bullshit

  • The original screenplay was totally Magneto and Xavier kicking ass for 2 hours with no stripper fairies

  • i like the movie but think its a bit overrated...i am looking forward to the next one because i think MV is a great director and can do some cool thing with this...and x1 and x2 were better

  • I do not like Ratner at all, and this isn't some apologetic thing for him. But we gotta get the facts right. Vaughn was given the job cuz Fox wanted to make the movie really quick and they angrily didn't want to wait for Singer to finish X-Men. So they bring in Vaughn after his recent popularity with Layer Cake to make it. He and his crew wrote the X3 script, but felt a lot of pressure from Fox to get it made extremely quickly. It eventually made Vaughn drop out and Foz hired their Yes Man Ratner to make it. But that whole plot-- power loss for power loss, character death for character death-- was Vaughn's script. I really liked First Class a lot. But boy oh boy, X3 is Still partially his fault. (the ultimate fault still falls on Fox for not wanting to wait for Singer and Cyclops to finish Superman)

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    by George Newman

    ..."angrily didnt want to wait for Singer to finish SUPERMAN..."

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Regarding Cerebro, Prof X to Wolvie "He helped me build it..."

    by Billyeveryteen

    Um... no he didn't.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    A great film overall, but the climax is HORRIBLY rushed

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's like Vaughn got worried that Fox wouldn't want to make sequels to it, so he crammed a full trilogy's worth of character arcs into about 15 minutes. If Erik had turned into Magneto and Chrales ended up paralyzed at the end of the third movie, it would have had a lot more dramatic weight. Here, it felt more like prequel obligation.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 10:37 a.m. CST

    The BIGGER one, with all the metal...

    by Billyeveryteen

    So they become best buds again AFTER crippling him? Gonna' be a fun next movie...

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Magneto has a beer and kills some Nazis.

    by Daytripper69

    Sorry, had to be said.

  • (I just realized that "inevitable" sounds really negative....provided the second one is good, I would welcome a third.) I would love for them to recast Jean, Scott, and a couple of other characters and do the Dark Phoenix Saga right. That is one of my absolute favorite arcs in all of comics (and without a doubt my favorite Marvel storyline). Setting it in the 70's could be really cool and they do already have some of the foundation laid. I think they could easily work Magneto into the plot. I guess the only real issue would be time...they would probably need more than just two movies to really do it justice. I can dream, though. The Dark Phoenix Saga done right would be such a dream come true for me.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    killik - I stand by my statement but

    by DavidBanner

    I never watched House. I'm basing my point on the X-men and Superman movies he's done. As I said, it's not that he doesn't cast good actors; it's that most of them don't fit the parts. And some of that comes down to the script, studio interference, but heavily on Singer. They lucked out getting Jackman because he was a last minute replacement for Dougray Scott who had to drop out because shooting went over on the dreadful Mission Impossible 2 movie. As far as House goes, I can't speak about it because I've never seen it. But the superhero movies are based on long established characters from comics. I thought X-2 was a good movie. I enjoyed it. Primarily because it focused on Wolverine. At any rate - we have differing opinions, but I'm not out to offend you or anyone else.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    billyeveryteen re: magneto & xavier friendship, on again off again

    by Rebel Scumb

    I fully expect they will be on again off again, they are in the comics as friends. I doubt the sequels will just be those 2 trying to kill each other. They always have a mutual respect and similar goals, just different methods I expect it will be more like X2 with them uniting against a common threat. Even the way FC ends doesn't really leave them as enemies, just that their paths are parting at a fork in the road where each man decides what his methods are going to be going forward. It's not a 'I hate you charles and next time I see you I'll kill you' type resolution.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Fassbender / McAvoy to the rescue

    by smudgewhat

    of my boredom. I loved this flick. Yeah some of the X-kids are disposable but that's ok. Jennifer Lawrence was very very good and it should be interesting to see her be nastier in the future.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Hey Mags can you lift that heavy metal plate for Cerebro II?

    by Billyeveryteen

    I would but for some reason I can't walk anymore.

  • 1) First Class. The best one. Couldn't care less whether or not it lines up with comics cannon. Obsessing over that shit is for obese virgins. 2) X2. Very good. Opening scene is worth the price of admission alone. Also, it connects with First Class very well. 3) X1. Pretty good, not great. I liked it when it came out. I am unaware of any other XMen movies. If they exist, surely they are terrible.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    king sweyn forkbeard

    by TiPPiDa

    Highlander 2 The Quickening. ..........and your rebuttal, sir? This is not the exception that proves the rule either hahaha

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Biggest problem with First Class...

    by Ribbons that it was all rushed. Like a couple people already said, they kind of had to do it that way because there were no guarantees of a sequel, but there was just too much story and not enough time to tell it in. And it basically turns your movie into a giant preview (the kind that gives away everything): "here are all the important beats for the cool movie that we made in our heads, now just try to imagine how that would look with some padding." But I digest! Anybody who thinks Singer doesn't know how to cast needs to re-watch The Usual Suspects.

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST

    The only problem i had with X men: first class...

    by Father

    ... was the fate of angel and darwin. I just think its a bit silly that the ONLY two non white mutants in the whole movie were relegated to either being getting quickly killed off or becoming a bad guy for the heroes to beat up on. Yeah, i know these things are to be expected in hollywood productions but it annoys me when non-white characters in movies with predominantly white casts exist purely to be made an example of. Besides that though, i liked x men first class- its definitely the best x men movie (wolverines "go fuck your self" was priceless!). Its also cool how Mathew vaughn managed cram a large prequel story into one self contained one movie- when George Lucas couldnt do it in a whole film trilogy .

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST

    =was the fate of angel and darwin=

    by KilliK


  • Feb. 21, 2012, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    In the case of Darwin I don't think race had anything to do with it. I think it had more to do with the "twist" of killing an unkillable character. Angel, maybe.

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Wish I could watch this movie...

    by Jon Forbing

    ...but I'm too big a comic nerd. I saw a commercial featuring only one of the first class of X-Men in a movie subtitled "First Class", and that ridiculous crystal-powered White Queen bullshit, and I was like "Nope!" Too bad, McAvoy and Fassbender are perfect for young Charles and Erik. Maybe someone will make a "Phantom Edit" of just their scenes and I can watch that.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Come on!

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    It's worth watching just for General Katana!