Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan have been known for being two of the funniest and most fun to work with actors in the business. Their chemistry is readily apparent on and off screen, much like their younger counterparts of the X-Men series, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. So what would happen if these twin forces of likability were to collide thanks to a series of impressions the younger actors had done in a recent Q&A with Hugh Jackman? The answer can be found in a Q&A done between both older and younger matched pairs.
Yahoo Movies provided the clip of James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart interviewing each other, as well as another session with Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellan doing the same thing. As part of their X-Men: Days Of Future Past publicity blitz, the site matched the actors playing the same character and had them ask each other to do impressions of their opposite number. This was inspired by a previous Q-and-A that McAvoy and Fassbender did with co-star Hugh Jackman, in which they each did an impression of their older "twin."
James McAvoy managed to impress Patrick Stewart with his recitation of a typical Professor X line, while Mr. Fassbender admitted that he referenced Sir Ian's Royal Shakespeare Company workshop on Macbeth to nail down his version of his actor's voice and cadence. Of course, he couldn't resist throwing in a little bit of Gandalf from Lord Of The Rings, but I would think that any one of us would make the same fan choice that Mr. Fassbender did.
In the reverse fashion, Sir Patrick gave Mr. McAvoy's voice a noble attempt, and nailed his previously tested Scottish accent, but the best answer of the video comes from when Michael Fassbender asks Sir Ian McKellan to do an impression of him. When given the request, Sir Ian slyly replied:
Well not yet, no. I'm working at that. I'm working on the body at the moment, and the bright blue eyes."
With both casts set to return for X-Men: Apocalypse, it's a sure bet that we'll be seeing these sorts of shenanigans again come 2016. The only question is, will Hugh Jackman also be around to partake in the fun, claws and all? X-Men: Days Of Future Past is in theaters now, and if you're interested in seeing that previous Q-and-A between Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Hugh Jackman; you can watch the full 20 minute session in the video below.