“X-Men: Apocalypse” director Bryan Singer has revealed in an exclusive interview to Yahoo! Movies that he took a lot of inspiration from HBO’s “Game of Thrones” series.
“I’m a huge ‘Game of Thrones’ fan,” Singer told Yahoo! Movies on the set of the forthcoming X-Men sequel.
The director further explained the similarities between his upcoming movie and the medieval fantasy series by George R.R. Martin. “There’s a crossover between ‘X-Men’ and ‘Game Of Thrones,’ they’re both about a younger generation finding their powers, finding out who they are, and what their place in the world is,” Singer explained.
He went on to further praise “Game of Thrones.” “I like how the show’s about different groups of people moving towards a common goal. They don’t even know if that’s the right goal, who wants to sit on that uncomfortable throne? I don’t! Everyone in King’s Landing is miserable. But for some reason they want that power,” Singer said.
Yahoo! Movies also revealed how Brian Singer took inspiration for the reveal of a now bald Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) from Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now.” They described how Professor X’s reveal from the shadows in the new X-Men film reminded them of Marlon Brando’s Colonel Kurtz in Coppola’s 1979 film on the Vietnam War.
Singer talked about James McAvoy’s appearance and its similarity to Marlon Brando’s in “Apocalypse Now.” “We talked about Kurtz and the lighting of that reveal [in ‘Apocalypse Now’],” he said.
“Obviously, they did it for that character because Brando showed up so fat Coppola didn’t know how to introduce him, and he thought ‘I’ll do it very slowly and gradually and hide the body’ because it might be a shock to the audience,” Singer continued.
“There was a practicality, which ended up being a piece of magnificent artistry, with one of the greatest improvised monologues in film history. Here, there’s nothing that direct, but we do laugh about it looking through the monitor,” he added.
This is bound to fuel more excitement for a movie that is poised to be the biggest X-Men film in the series which will have “an extinction-level threat to the world,” according to the movie’s co-writer Simon Kinberg.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” will open in cinemas worldwide beginning May 18 this year.