IGN interviewed Edi Gathegi on the set of X-Men: First Class. Edi plays Darwin in the film, which hits theaters June 3.
IGN: You must be used to big movies with Twilight – how has it been to step into the X-Men universe?
Edi Gathegi: Well the two are different and similar in many ways, but in terms of scale, Twilight wasn’t really a massive movie before it was released. It ended up making a lot of money and becoming big, and the others had more of a budget but they were still moderately budgeted. We didn’t know what to expect on that. But with this one you’re stepping into an already existing franchise. This is the fifth instalment of the X-Men franchise. There’s a lot of pressure. But I look at it with the perspective that I’m just here to do a job, and I’m going to do the best job I can and everybody has that responsibility. Hopefully we’ll put it out there and the audience will enjoy it.
… IGN: It’s a whole new world of fans – have you heard from them yet?
Gathegi: You know what, I’m so excited to show this movie to the fans, because I myself am the audience. I remember my experience watching the X-Men films and I think hopefully we’re doing something that’s exciting and a good addition to the series.
IGN: Are they less intense than the Twilight fans?
Gathegi: It depends. I would say that Twilight fans are more forgiving. They’re more opinionated in the beginning, but if things don’t go entirely according to their imagination – which they never will – they’ll be upset but then they’ll forgive that and come back with so much love. I don’t know what it is about those fans. But the X-Men fans aren’t so forgiving! By the same token, you can’t satisfy everybody. We’re making this for the fans and I don’t necessarily think it’ll appeal to the fanatics, because we’ve drawn from many different elements of the comics to make this work as a movie, because it is a movie and not a 20-page comic book. So it’s going to be different. In the attempt to make a movie of the comic, you’re pissing off fanatics.
You can read the full Q&A at IGN.