“Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” with X-Men: First Class
We trace the evolution of this Marvel franchise’s cast list.
While X-Men: First Class is decidedly superior as a franchise relaunch, there’s some question as to whether it’s the legitimate offspring of the series. Any prequel inevitably raises questions about continuity—but is it really possible to believe that James McAvoy will one day grow into Patrick Stewart?
There are even mutations within the film itself: Kevin Bacon turns up as a Nazi doctor, only to reinvent himself in the 1960s scenes as an energy-absorbing Miami playboy. Inspired by the actor’s presence, we decided to play (roughly) Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon with the cast members to see how many levels separate them from the actors they’ll ostensibly grow into. Can you beat us?
(Professor X) was in…
(1) …The Last King of Scotland with Forest Whitaker
(2) …who was in The Color of Money with Paul Newman
(3) …who was in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Robert Redford
(4) …who was in All the President’s Men with Dustin Hoffman
(5) …who was in The Graduate with Anne Bancroft
(6) …who was in Silent Movie with Mel Brooks
(7) …who was in Robin Hood: Men in Tights with Patrick Stewart (Professor X in the first three X-Men films).
Heredity factor If he’s to grow into Stewart’s body, McAvoy, 32, will apparently start balding much later than the average male. In keeping with this apparent disconnect, it took us an additional step to connect the two.
(Mystique) was in…
(1) …The Beaver with Jodie Foster
(2) …who was in The Accused with Kelly McGillis
(3) …who was in Top Gun with Tom Cruise
(4) …who was in Interview with the Vampire with Antonio Banderas
(5) …who was in Femme Fatale with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Mystique in the first three X-Men movies).
Heredity factor By the time she shape-shifts into Romijn-Stamos, Lawrence will have lost her ability to act.
(Beast) was in…
(1) …A Single Man with Colin Firth
(2) …who was in The King’s Speech with Helena Bonham Carter
(3) …who was in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Robert De Niro
(4) …who was in Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino with Joe Pesci
(5) …who was in JFK with Kevin Costner
(6) …who was in Swing Vote with Kelsey Grammer (Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand).
Heredity factor We’d always suspected the mayor of Chicago (whom Grammer will play in the upcoming Starz series Boss) had secretly injected himself with power-enhancing serum.
(Magneto) was in…
(1) …Inglourious Basterds with Brad Pitt
(2) …who was in Seven with Morgan Freeman
(3) …who was in Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman
(4) …who was in Ishtar with Warren Beatty
(5) …who was in Bugsy and Love Affair with Annette Bening
(6) …who was in Richard III with Ian McKellen (Magneto in the first three X-Men movies).
Heredity factor Everyone has a black sheep in the family. For Fassbender, it’s apparently Ishtar.
(Wolverine) was in……all five X-Men movies (as Wolverine).
Heredity factor Either Jackman is ageless, or he has access to a time machine. That’s a superpower some of the other X-Men could use.
X-Men: First Class is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download and will arrive on VOD Friday 16.