X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Leaves an Action Sequence on the Cutting Room Floor and a Mutant Casualty Goes with It

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We often bring you news of actors joining casts of superhero films, like Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) playing the lead in Ant-Man or a new villainous addition to The Avengers: Age of Ultron; it’s not often that we bring you the disappointing reality of an actor left out of a film entirely because of an editing choice.  Unfortunately, that seems to be the case with Anna Paquin’s Rogue in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  While the film unites nearly the entire casts of Singer’s previous X-Men films along with that of this film’s predecessor, X-Men: First Class, a sequence cut from the film contained Paquin’s only screentime, meaning she’ll be out of everything but the credits and the DVD/Blu-ray special features.  Hit the jump for more.

As EW reports, Anna-Paquin-rogue-days-of-future-pastSinger recently cut a rescue sequence shot during the early days of production on X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The sequence also starred Ian McKellen as Magneto, Patrick Stewart as Professor X, and Shawn Ashmore as Iceman.  It contained Paquin’s only screentime as Rogue, as she was only on set for about a week.  Here’s what Singer had to say:

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

Singer emphasized that the decision had nothing to do with Paquin’s performance, only that the scene didn’t work for the overall film.  It’s unfortunate news for fans of Rogue, but perhaps she’ll make the Bonus Features cut.

 X-Men: Days of Future Past also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry, and opens in 3D on May 23, 2014.

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  • bretthickman

    weird – I thought Rogue was going to be crucial to getting Wolverine back in time somehow – it seemed as if that was crucial to the plot. i’m surprised she had so little involvement to begin with.

    • 80sRobot

      You may be confusing Rogue with Kitty Pryde, who uses her power to send Wolvie’s consciousness back in time to his younger self.

      • bretthickman

        ah damn – that’s it.

      • JonBIGbootay

        Incorrect. Rachel Summers(aka Phoenix) was the mutant who sent an adult Kate Pryde’s mind back into her younger self, Kitty. Kitty has no psychic powers. Xavier is likely to be the one who transfers Logan’s psyche in the film.

      • mattinacan

        no, you are incorrect. Kitty Pryde is sending wolverine’s conscious into his younger self.

      • 80sRobot

        They changed it to Kitty as the one who does the conscious-time-transference-whatever in the movie. I presume they may say in the movie that Kitty’s powers have evolved to where she has a limited ability to phase through the 4th dimension (time), either herself or others or objects.

      • JonBIGbootay

        hmmm, okay

      • JonBIGbootay

        I was referring to the comic monkeyboy!

      • mattinacan

        so you were talking about the comic when you said, ‘Xavier is likely to be the one who transfers Logan’s psyche in the film.’ No i think you were just incorrect.

      • JonBIGbootay

        Well, since you seem to have become bored with shaving your neckbeard whilst living in your grandmas’ basement, I will give you the insult you so desperately crave: It was your father who was incorrect when he deposited his seed into that vaginal bloodfart of a woman you call your mother. Have a great night trolling the interwebs while I go out to the clubs to meet and bang your sister.

      • Zach

        That escalated quickly.

      • Zach

        That escalated quickly.

      • Chad

        Butt hurt much? You made a mistake — own up to it like a man, not a child.

      • Chad

        Butt hurt much? You made a mistake — own up to it like a man, not a child.

      • LEM

        Is she still played by not ellie?

  • rivertreeradar

    this movie already looks so over the top but for some reason that really makes me want to see an extended version on bluray even more

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    I remember when she won the Oscar
    Smh

    • Melwing

      The Oscars are corrupt nonsense, so that’s cool

  • SomeGuy

    What’s a DVD?

  • brNdon

    She’s not even a mutant anymore (in the movies). What purpose would she have served?

    • yrulaughing418

      Magneto managed to regain his powers after being “cured”, perhaps the same applies to other mutants

    • randommale7

      Perhaps everybody especially Singer doesn’t count X-men Last Stand as one of the x-men movies since it was a Brett Ratner affair…

      • brNdon

        He does because The Wolverine led to this movie, and that movie followed X3. But yeah, as Arthur said, maybe the cure wasn’t permanent.

  • Strong Enough

    lmao

  • Davis

    Shit man they fucked her character in all of the movies

    • Melwing

      I’d like to fuck her character

      awww snap

  • pwnednoob

    Too bad. Really hoping they do an Extended Cut like on the Wolverine Blu-ray. That version was much better then the theatrical cut.

  • axalon

    Good for Singer, knowing when to cut things that don’t work. Regardless of expensive or elaborate the shots were.

    • Stan

      While I agree on things that don’t work needed to be cut, it’s just unfortunate that a character from the original cast had to be cut during the process. And a character that fans want to see.

      • axalon

        Yeah, I think it ends up being a double edged sword. Half the fans would have been happy to see her, the other would have said the movie was bloated.

        There’s always extended cuts I suppose.

      • DeadInHell

        This is the problem I have with it. If you’re making a movie, it is ostensibly for the purpose of the people who are going to pay money to watch the damn thing. Shouldn’t the fact that fans want to see these characters mean…something? Anything?

      • axalon

        Downvote me to hell, but fans aren’t filmmakers. A three hour movie chockfull of characters that we recognize doesn’t make it better than a lean 2 hour and 20 minute version of the same movie.

        Adding in all those extra characters and action sequences can end up bogging down the film.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    Not a big loss if you ask me. Anna’s Rogue performance’s have always been too mopey and pining for me. Rogue needed to be more kick-ass.

    • Jason Wright

      That’s how she was written in the films. It’s not the performance that’s off; it’s the writing.

    • Christopher Bjørn

      I agree, Leneore Zann is the true Rogue for me.

  • Django9000

    I feel short changed only bc altered as her character was, she was the one that introduced us into this cinematic world. Also I just feel Anna Paquin is smokin & a joy to see act. All told, it would be a shame if her death were treated without consequence. I’m sure Singer knows what he’s doing. Maybe she’ll be saved for Apocalypse :)

  • The Flobbit

    Well that’s a bummer… That’s cold.

  • RIC

    Why in the hell has no one stated the obvious?? BEWBS. We already get JLAW’s as mystique. I guess unlike Game of Thrones, they thought her addition (bewbs) would be too much for the modern american audience.

    It’s a shame, really..

  • Werefon

    Brian Singer SUCKS!!!! …. Oops!

  • DeadInHell

    Because the last thing fans of the film want to see is more of the movie? Who are they trying to please when they cut down a movie like this? It’s not like this franchise isn’t already massively successful with a built-in fanbase. The film itself is highly anticipated like few others in the genre. Singer isn’t on notice to keep the damn thing under 80 minutes.

    If the attention span of the audience is so suspect, why even release a full length film? All that dialogue and story development and characters people want to see, just cut a 5 minute short and be done with it.

    • GunzOfNavarone

      I have a feeling it isn’t because the scene didn’t work, more to do Fox telling him what the running time should be. He’s probably shot a shit load of footage and he’s now having to decide what to lose and what to keep. I’m gutted that Rogue won’t be in it though, I’d much rather see her than Halle Berry as Storm.

  • ScratStitch

    After all, if there’s one thing that fanboys hate seeing in an action movie, it’s action sequences…

  • ScratStitch

    After all, if there’s one thing that fanboys hate seeing in an action movie, it’s action sequences…

  • Dexter Khiangte

    This is why his films sucks. He just cannot make his mind up. His visions seem to be blurred.

    • MoviesAreForever88

      What in the hell are you talking about? Scenes and characters get cut from films all the time. Films evolve in post production, that’s the way it works.
      Look at Martin Scorsese’s latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street. The first cut of that film that Scorsese liked was four hours….now it’s three.You are going to tell me that Martin Scorsese’s vision is blurred, too? Same thing happened with World War Z earlier this year with Matthew Fox’s character. He was supposed to have a huge, pivotal character (which they filmed) but was later reduced to nothing more than a ranger with a rifle who shot a couple zombies from a helicopter.

      Everyone is entitled to an opinion….but if you don’t know what the hell you are talking about, keep your mouth shut. It makes you sound ignorant.

  • Dexter Khiangte

    This is why his films sucks. He just cannot make his mind up. His visions seem to be blurred.

  • A.

    this sucks, i can’t believe Singer decided to do this, he should of cut out one of the new mutants, not Rogue. Lost interest greatly in this film.

  • MoviesAreForever88

    The scene in which she was cut was a rescue scene. Magneto and Bobby rescue Rogue from some sort of a facility which you can see at 1:40 in the trailer, Magneto is leading the way and you can see that Bobby is helping an injured/drugged Rogue. They are also clearly running from some sort of threat…probably a sentinel.

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