Fassbender attends rain-soaked London premiere of X Men

Fassbender attends rain-soaked London premiere of X Men

MICHAEL Fassbender was among the stars that turned out for the premiere of X-Men: Days Of Future Past in London’s Leicester Square on Monday evening.

The Frank actor was joined by co-star James McAvoy and their older counterparts Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen on the rain-soaked blue carpet.

Fassbender spoke to London Live outside the Odeon cinema about the "big boots" he had to fill in playing a young Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, alongside Sir Ian McKellen, who played the character in the first three films.

The Oscar-nominated 12 Years A Slave star added that said he tried to channel Sir Ian's voice in his portrayal.

"There was something I found on YouTube - a workshop he did for Royal Shakespeare Company in the 70s. It was about seven minutes long and I watched that over and over," he said.

"I figured I should do that because the stories run parallel and I didn't want to ask him to do my accent as it didn't seem appropriate."

Bryan Singer, who directed the previous X-Men trilogy, handed over the directorial role of X-Men: First Class to Matthew Vaughn but reassumed his role in Days Of Future Past, and Fassbender was complimentary of him as he spoke to the media.

"I didn't believe Bryan could reignite the whole superhero phenomenon that we are experiencing now so it seemed like he was the right person to bring the two casts together," the Kerryman said.

As he continued walking the blue carpet at the premiere, Fassbender also explained that he thinks of the capital as his “home away from home” after living in the city for 18 years, much to the delight of his London-based fans.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past hits UK cinemas on May 23