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» Ellen Page Discusses X-Men: The Last Stand

Page on Playing Kitty Pryde in the Third X-Men Movie
by Rebecca Murray, published on April 11, 2006

Ellen Page went from a starring role in the psychotic thriller Hard Candy to the sought after role of Kitty Pryde in the third film of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: The Last Stand. While doing the press rounds for Hard Candy, Page provided a little insight into how she got involved in X-Men: The Last Stand and the impact of being part of such a high profile project.

The Audition Process: Lots of young actresses were rumored to be in the running for the role of Kitty Pryde, including Maggie Grace from the hit TV series, Lost. But Page believes it was her performance in Hard Candy that won over director Brett Ratner and helped her land the role.

Page didn't have to audition for X-Men: The Last Stand. "No, I didn’t actually," explained Page. "I actually hadn’t worked in ages. After Hard Candy I took the year off and went back to Halifax where I’m from and graduated from a wicked high school...and had a great year of just chillaxin’ [Page's word for a mix of chilling and relaxing] and being myself. Then I literally graduated high school, was like being a ridiculous teenager and then ended up getting the call. Brett Ratner ended up calling me because he saw Hard Candy and he really digs it. So he was like basically, 'Are you interested? I’m going to bring you out.'"

The Transition from Hard Candy to X-Men: The Last Stand: "Well, it’s a huge transition," said Page. "There actually isn’t a comparison. There’s no point in trying to compare the two. X-Men is massive, like nothing I’ve ever experienced, but great in its own way. I’m grateful for that."

The Appeal of Being Part of an X-Men Movie: Page said working on X-Men: The Last Stand was a unique experience. "It’s different and you have to understand that it’s different. You have to look at it with a different perspective and know that one, yeah, it’s a little more action-orientated and the other is not so much. So in X-Men, yeah, I wear a leather suit and run through explosions. Who gets to do that? It’s fun and I’m grateful for it. I don't know. It’s just about changing your perspective and it’s cool to do something that’s the complete opposite, or something that you never thought you’d be doing. It’s kind of the only reason to do it."

X-Men: The Last Stand Reshoots: "I think they called once but I was so busy so they managed to... It was pretty short and they used the stunt double. Maybe I shouldn’t be saying stuff like that..."

How Involved is Kitty Pryde in the Third X-Men Movie?: "That’s a good question. I actually haven’t seen the movie so as far as I know, I have no idea what just happened in the edit. Kitty’s involved more and has a bit of a subplot with a certain other mutant and we’ll see. It’s all fun. I get to fight in the end."

Page had so much fun she wouldn't mind revisiting the character a couple more times. Although it's rumored that X-Men: The Last Stand will be the last movie featuring the band of mutants, Page has signed on for more should the opportunity present itself. "Yeah, kind of," said Page, adding, "but it doesn’t mean that there’s going to be those films. Really I know as much as anyone else does on the planet."

[b]Fans Now Recognize Page from X-Men: The Last Stand:
"It’s really crazy to think that it’s happening already but it is and it’s really freaky. I was on like the streetcar in Toronto and someone came up to me. Then I was in a Borders in LA and it just- - yeah, it blows my mind but I don't know, I’m not going to change because of it. I don’t like think I’m cool because I’m an actor. If anything, it makes me more self-deprecating. So we’ll see..."

Source: movies.about.com

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