Shawn Ashmore On ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past,’ Ice Man, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’
Shawn Ashmore reprises his role as Ice Man in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which has earned rave reviews. Some of the best set pieces of the film were found among the action sequences. “I think those were the most difficult,” Ashmore told uInterview. “But also the most satisfying, because at the end of the day when you see it up on screen they are some of the most exhilarating scenes to watch.”
The character Bobby, nicknamed Ice Man, first debuted in the second film, X2. Bobby was a teenager back then, and Ashmore reflects the connection he had with his character over the years. “Bobby was a little insecure as we find him as we all are and I can understand those feelings growing up and being a teenager, so I think I can connect with him on that level,” he said.
In preparation for his role, Ashmore went right to the comic texts. “I try not to hold on to the source-material, too hard, but I definitely brushed up before going to Montreal to shoot the new movie.” Considering he has been working with the some of the cast members for years, Ashmore talks about what it was like working with them in this recent film, as well their relationship today. “I feel like it took about two hours to get one take done because everybody started laughing and that’s the camaraderie and sense of ease we have with each other,” Ashmore told uInterview. “So it was a really fun shoot to get everybody back together again.”
Ashmore expressed interest in reprising the role in the rumored X-Men: Apocalypse, though he is not yet signed to it.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past is in theaters now. In the meantime, check out our review of the film here.
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I think the toughest scenes were also my favorite scenes to be honest and that was doing the ice slide, which I've been waiting to do for about 14 years now. The reason they were tough is only because the harnesses you have to wear to do the flying scenes are a little uncomfortable, so the first couple of takes are super exciting, and then it starts pitching in weird places, but I think those were the most difficult, but also the most satisfying, because at the end of the day when u see it up on screen they are some of the most exhilarating scenes to watch.
Not only had I already read the comics, but I watched the cartoon. I guess in the 90's growing up, so I was very aware of the Days Of Future Past storyline and I reread some of the books before going to shoot Days Of Future Past. That being said I also know that when we shoot the films there's always differences here and there, so I try not to hold on to the source-material, too hard, but I definitely brushed up before going to Montreal to shoot the new movie.
Well, I mean, I've been working with Hugh [Jackman], Halle [Barry], Patrick [Stewart], Anna [Pacquin], Ian [McKellen], Ellen [Page], and Daniel Cudmore, among a lot of the other actors for years and years now, so to be honest it feels like a family reunion, when we come back and that's what it felt like on this film. I've definitely bonded with them over the years, not only do you shoot the film together, but you spend months afterwards touring the world promoting them. I would say on this film there was one particular scene where Xavier, Logan, Magneto and Storm show up on the peak of the mountain to tell Kitty about their idea of changing the past, so it was a bunch of us probably about ten or 15 of us just sitting around doing the scene on days on end and there was a point where we went stir crazy and everybody couldn't stop laughing half way through the scene. I feel like it took about two hours to get one take done because everybody started laughing and thats the camaraderie and sense of ease we have with each other, so it was a really fun shoot to get everybody back together again.
You know, I guess the thing that I’ve always liked the most about Bobby, and again, it’s sort of different from the Bobby of the comic books. I’ve always loved how grounded Bobby was in his relationship with Rogue and somewhat with Kitty in the third film. I just thought it was an interesting way to discover who these characters were. I think the filmmakers decided to vary the ages of the characters in the first film so Bobby being one of the original X-Men members you sort of find him as a teenager as opposed to a full-fledged adult, so I thought that was an interesting thing, that we find Bobby discovering and becoming comfortable with his abilities opposed to him being a full- fledged super hero, so I like that. As far as similarities with Bobby, I think you know Bobby was a little insecure as we find him as we all are and I can understand those feelings growing up and being a teenager, so I think I can connect with him on that level.
I think where these guys sort of combine is that they are in heighten realities, that they are normal people who are forced to deal with extraordinary things. So I think emotionally there's a life and death situation with both these guys that is sort of common ground.
No, I'm not, I heard rumors here and there. I would love to be apart of another X-Men film, like I said this film is number four and I have been playing this character for 13 or 14 years so I always would like to come back, but we will have to wait and see with the next film.