A few months back it seemed like every time you blinked the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past expanded. Both versions of Professor X and Magneto are a no-brainer, as are some characters from First Class (Beast, Havok, Mystique) and the original trilogy (Storm, Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Iceman). Then they kept coming. Colossus, Blink, and Warpath. Bishop. Sunspot. Quicksilver. It left a lot of people, particularly those still burned by the dread specter of Spider-Man 3, wondering whether director Bryan Singer might be trying to pack too many characters in.
He was, as it happens. But he’s realized that. So one of the mutants from the original trilogy is packin’ it in.
…or should I say Paquin it in? Because the mutant in question is Rogue. Said Singer to EW:
“Through the editing process, the sequence [a rescue sequence involving Rogue, Magneto, Professor X, and Iceman] became extraneous. It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”
Singer made a point to note that the decision was a practical one borne of editing considerations and had nothing to do with Paquin’s performance, which was “fantastic.” “She completely understood,” Singer continued. “It’s very disappointing, but she’s very professional and she knows that stuff happens, particularly with material you shoot early on in production. Films evolve.”
Well I’m glad they’re not keeping a pointless scene in just for the sake of an extended cameo. And at least we know we’re getting something good as part of the DVD extras. I can’t say I’ll be particularly sad to see her go, but hey, I’ve never really been into the X-franchise. What do you think?
(via: Screen Rant)