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X-Men: Evolution - Mutants Rising

Wednesday, April 16, 2003


QUESTION:Did you ever want to me a super-hero as a little kid?

JANSSEN: Well, I grew up in Holland and we didn't really understand the concept of super-heroes. We were just normal people who had normal dreams.

QUESTION: And your dreams were?

JANSSEN: Silly things, like I wanted to become a vet or I wanted to become a pilot. Or something different every week.

QUESTION: How's it like working on a big production like X2?

JANSSEN: Well, it's great. It's wonderful. Obviously, there's a lot of people and a lot going on, and there's never a dull moment. And in this case, we had so many great cast members and it was a reunion for all of us. So I had a wonderful time.

QUESTION: In making it, did it feel physically bigger to you?

JANSSEN: It did feel bigger. Our X-Jet, for one thing, was a lot bigger. That was one of our first remarks, going "Oh my God, they've upped the budget. The jet's bigger."

QUESTION: Did you do your own stunts and were there a lot of stunts for you to do?

JANSSEN: Jean Grey has powers coming from the mind, so basically I had to lift my right arm - or sometimes my left arm - and it wasn't very physical when it happened. So I had to make things happen with my mind and that was not a very physical part.

QUESTION: Did you alternate arms (laughs)?

JANSSEN: Jean Grey's right-handed, so she'll do most of her stuff with her right hand, but there was a moment in the film where she needed to use both hands. It's a very big moment, but we don't want to give that away at all.

QUESTION: What developments has Jean undergone in the second movie?

JANSSEN: Jean Grey's powers are growing during the course of the second film. And she's also very conflicted on a bunch of different levels. She's conflicted in terms of the men in her life and she has to make a choice between them. And she's trying to control her powers, which doesn't always happen successfully.

QUESTION: The second time around, has it been easier or more fun?

JANSSEN: Absolutely. I mean, you know people so much better the second time around. We spent six months on the first one together. We traveled the world after that for promotional stuff. We had remained friends. Between the two movies, we ended up seeing one another whenever our schedules allowed because we all travel so much. It was just like a reunion seeing everybody again.

QUESTION: If you were to meet a mutant in real life, how would you react?

JANSSEN: I'd be very curious and I would want to see them demonstrate their powers.

QUESTION: One of the themes of the movie is tolerance. Would you likely be tolerant of whatever powers they had?

JANSSEN: Yes, as long as they're not used against me or other people.

QUESTION: Which did you enjoy working in the most, X-Men or X-Men 2?

JANSSEN: I had a lot more to do in X-Men 2, so I think in the end that was more fulfilling as an actor for me.

QUESTION: What do you think about the special effects in the movie?

JANSSEN: I think they're incredible. I think they've outdone themselves. We were all blown away when we saw the movie together a couple of days ago. It's just mind-boggling, what they've done.

QUESTION: Is it difficult working with a green screen?

JANSSEN: It's very, very technical and you should trust your director and your special effects person. I had worked with both of them on the first one, and after I had seen the first, I realized how talented they are and what can they do and I that should just have faith that whatever they tell me is the right thing and that it's going to look good.

QUESTION: Do they tell you what's going to be there when you're acting out the scene?

JANSSEN: Yes, they do tell you. You have to use your imagination a little bit, and even then you're surprised when you see what the outcome is. I was certainly, when I saw what they'd done with it.

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