Bryan Singer Reveals How Quicksilver Steals the Movie (Again) in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
[SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't seen the movie, stop reading now.]
Another "X-Men" movie, another chance for Quicksilver to steal the show.
Director Bryan Singer returns with his biggest X-Men movie yet, "X-Men: Apocalypse," and he has brought "Days of Future Past's" Quicksilver (Evan Peters) with him. The speedster became an instant fan-favorite last time with his slow-mo running sequence through a Pentagon kitchen near Magneto's cell. In "Apocalypse," the action gets next level'd with a daring rescue through the X-Mansion as it is (naturally) blowing up.
At a recent press junket for the film, Singer revealed how he and his production team put this scene together -- an all-timer for the franchise.
"It took a month-and-a-half to shoot two mins of film," Singer said about the intricate shoot. "Evan Peters worked 17 days, doing most of his own wire work."
An extensive amount of pre-viz also went into the sequence obviously, as it employed "every type of special effects you can imagine -- from CGI to explosive algorithms."
Several practical physical effects were used as well -- including ol' fashioned explosions.
"What we did when we were done shooting in all the physical locations is, we blew them all up," Singer grinned. "And [we] had Phantom cameras that run at 3000 FPS, fly in blast cases through the sets at 80 MPH -- simultaneously with the explosion. So, when you look at the footage, you can actually read pages of a flaming book moving past the screen, and you can just read the words [on it] -- and we just put all those elements together and crafted a scene that had to rival the one in the previous movie."
Blame H.G. Wells for inspiring Singer on how to, visually, bring Quicksilver's super speed to life.
"It was all born out of a short story I read when I was kid called 'The Great Accelerator,' by H.G. Wells, and it's a story of a person who takes a potion that allows them to move so fast everything else seems like it's standing still. And I've always wanted to put that on film, and the kitchen scene in 'DOFP' allowed me that opportunity, and Apocalypse allowed me to take it to the next level."
"X-Men: Apocalypse" is in theaters now.