Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Shawn Ashmore Talks His Role in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Shawn Ashmore Talks His Role in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

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Shawn Ashmore: Canadian hero of 'X-Men'

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TORONTO - When Shawn Ashmore arrived on set for the first day of filming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," he couldn't help but grin.

The Canadian actor played Bobby Drake, also known as Iceman, in the first three instalments of the popular X-Men series in the 2000s. When the story changed course with 2011's "X-Men: First Class," a prequel featuring all-new actors, he wasn't sure if he'd ever reprise his role again.

"When I got that call and we were all on set again for the first time, I could not help but look around and grin and be excited," he said in a phone interview. "And be like, 'I cannot believe we're back doing this again.' We're in our costumes, we're about to go shoot a huge action sequence. It's incredible."

"X-Men: Days of Future Past," available this week on DVD and iTunes, linked the two timelines by sending Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to the 1970s to prevent an event that results in destruction of both humans and mutants. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy reprise their roles as the young Magneto and Professor X, while Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are their older selves.

Ashmore, a 35-year-old actor who hails from Richmond, B.C., praised the decision to combine the original and new stars of the franchise into one film. (Critics have also embraced the concept: "Days of Future Past" still holds a coveted 91 per cent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.)

"I thought that was a very interesting and smart way to continue telling this story. I think there are people that love the trilogy films and want to see those characters continue. There are obviously people that love the younger versions and finding out the mythology of these characters and where they've come from. So I think the combination of that made for an epic story," he said.

Ashmore recalled being floored when he was first cast in 2000's "X-Men." Prior to nabbing the Iceman role, his most notable part was starring in young adult sci-fi series "Animorphs. …

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