Edi Gathegi talks about playing Darwin in “X-Men: First Class”
In a recent interview with IGN this week, Edi Gathegi spells out his X-Men characters and his thoughts on returning for a sequel.
IGN: You must be used to big movies with Twilight – how has it been to step into the X-Men universe?
Edi Gathegi: Well the two are different and similar in many ways, but in terms of scale, Twilight wasn’t really a massive movie before it was released. It ended up making a lot of money and becoming big, and the others had more of a budget but they were still moderately budgeted. We didn’t know what to expect on that. But with this one you’re stepping into an already existing franchise. This is the fifth instalment of the X-Men franchise. There’s a lot of pressure. But I look at it with the perspective that I’m just here to do a job, and I’m going to do the best job I can and everybody has that responsibility. Hopefully we’ll put it out there and the audience will enjoy it.
IGN: Who do you play?
Gathegi: My character’s name is Armando Muñoz, otherwise known as Darwin, and he gets his nickname from Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution. My character is in a constant state of evolution. It’s called reactive adaptation – so whatever environment he’s in, in order to survive he will mutate, basically. If he gets thrown in water, all of a sudden he might have gills. The lights go out, he’ll have 20-20 vision in the pitch black. He’s the coolest one! What I like about my character’s powers is that a lot of the X-Men have very cool powers, but with this one you actually see it happening and you see why it’s happening. In the right circumstances you see the thought behind the character and the need to create that evolution. There’s a logic to it. And the possibilities are endless with good writing.
IGN: How does Darwin react to his powers?
Gathegi: Everybody has their own unique set of circumstances, but I think every mutant probably goes through the phase where they hate themselves because they’re different. They’re terrified of their own mutant abilities. And then they come to a place where they can see the beauty in it and they accept themselves. I think my character had it really, really tough, because he was constantly in situations where his body would start to mutate and he didn’t understand why it was happening. He was suicidal because of it and he couldn’t even kill himself, because his body would protect him. He jumped off a building and his bones turned to rubber. So he was stuck in this life of feeling different – sort of indestructible. And I think in this movie, he’s finally found a calling. He’s finally found people like him. And he finally gets to be the person he was meant to be. He comes out of his shell. He’s a good guy.
IGN: If X-Men: First Class is a hit, would you return for sequels?
Gathegi: You know, the honest answer is I guess it depends on what’s going on in my life at that time and who comes back and who’s involved in it. But the stock answer is I’m an X-Men fan, so absolutely. Bring me back, I’ll put on the suit.
Read the entire IGN interview: http://movies.ign.com/articles/117/1170254p1.html