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McAvoy: I'll head towards Stewart

James McAvoy has revealed he plans to bring his portrayal of Professor Charles Xavier closer to Sir Patrick Stewart's one in the third X-Men film.

The Scottish star, who plays the younger version of the character, said he would move towards Sir Patrick's performance in X-Men: Apocalypse, ahead of the sequel X-Men: Days Of Future Past's release on May 22.

"If they are going to do a third one, and I don't know if they will, they would need to tie up his position because I've had lots of fun playing against people's expectations of Charles but ultimately you have to respect what he ends up being," he explained.

"Unless we do alternate timelines and he actually becomes a different person, which is fine because the comic books do that. It's all open but in my head, it was always moving towards a more candid portrayal."

The 35-year-old continued: "So in the third movie, he's got to start being like Patrick's performance. Unless they want to make eight more, then I can string it out a bit!"

James, who signed on for a trilogy, had no expectations that the sequel, Days Of Future Past, would get the green light.

"The last film was a reboot, so it felt like a risk in lots of ways. I wasn't really counting my chickens. I thought, if I just did one, that'll be fine," he said.

"I' m signed on for three, so whether I like it or not, I'm supposed to do the second and third. I'm lucky I'm in a position where I'm getting to work with good people and this is something I would choose to do, even if I had the choice."

:: James McAvoy was speaking at the official naming of the new Virgin Trains X-Men: Days Of Future Past train, as part of Virgin Trains' partnership with the new blockbuster. X-Men: Days Of Future Past opens in cinemas on May 22.

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