Anna Paquin's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Scene Gets The Boot
Say it ain’t so: Anna Paquin's one scene for X-Men: Days of Future Past has been cut from the final version of the film, and I’m not happy about it. Come on, Bryan Singer. We’re talking Rogue here — the girl who stole hearts across the world when she tried to kiss boyfriend Bobby Drake, aka Iceman, and almost killed him in the process. That superhero. Honestly, the only thing that can salvage this is Jennifer Lawrence as Raven and Nicholas Hoult dressed up as a giant, blue gorilla.
Singer, the franchise's director, told Entertainment Weekly that Paquin’s single scene, a rescue sequence, was cut. His reasoning? “Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous.” Smh.
That said, Singer did go on to note that fans of the movie would possibly be able to see her scene on DVD and that “she did a fantastic job. She was awesome in the sequence. She’s a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat.” So many compliments there, Singer. We don’t want flattery — everyone already knows Paquin rocks — we just want Rogue.
But it doesn’t seem that this beloved female character is the only one that was shafted from a superhero movie. Just see Shailene Woodley, whose role as Mary Jane was cut from Amazing Spider-Man 2 and who will not appear until the third installment of the movie. “I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship,” director Marc Webb told Deadline in a statement. This, of course, only means we're going to fall even more in love with Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy and really resent Mary Jane in the third movie.
So come on, Hollywood: Why not include more women in your superhero movies? (And don't even get us started on the lack of female-led superhero films in Hollywood's roster.) Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) of Thor, Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) of The Dark Knight Rises, and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) of Iron Man taught us just how badass these ladies could be. We would easily pay the $10 (or $13, if you live somewhere obscenely expensive) to watch a woman kick the crap out of some villain — heck, we all flocked to the theaters to watch Katniss Everdeen do it. Let's hope, despite the news about X-Men: Days of Future Past, our future looks much different than the past, with superhero movies chock full of women.
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