Wednesday, April 16, 2003
X2 CHAT: AARON STANFORD (PYRO)
QUESTION: What would you do if you have those powers in real life?
STANFORD: I think somebody asked me that in an interview before. I think, right now, I'd pick a night and I'd light every single cigarette in the bars in New York City for one night and repeal the no-smoking law for one evening. Just for one evening.
QUESTION: How do you keep your feet on the ground when you go from something small like Tadpole to X2?
STANFORD: I really just try to stick with people who have grounded you before, people that you knew before, and try to stick to - however you can -- the same routines that you have in your life before and continue to find pleasure in the same things.
STANFORD: He's sort of a bad boy. I'd like to think of him more as misunderstood. One of the things that I keyed into in the characters is that I think that the X-Men, in general, are really outsiders; they're outcasts from the rest of the world. And I think that Pyro is an outcast amongst the X-Men. I think that's what sort of motivates him and there's a lot of anger that comes out of that. And you see that in the film.
QUESTION: Is it more interesting to play outcasts than the boy next door?
STANFORD: Yeah, because I don't think a lot of the times boys next door exist in real life, you know what I mean? I think everybody can relate to feeling like a freak or like an outsider or something's wrong with them. It's just human and it's interesting to manifest human behavior.
QUESTION: If you were a mutant, which powers would you like to have beyond Pyro's?
STANFORD: I've been waiting for that one. I've been thinking recently that I really kind of like Colossus. He can just form a big shield of metal all over his body. And I think that there's many times in day-to-day life where you'd like to do that, just put a big metal shield over yourself and let things bounce off.
QUESTION: Because it makes you invulnerable?
STANFORD: Yeah, who doesn't want a big metal shield over themselves sometimes? Don't you?
QUESTION: How much fun did you have on the set?
STANFORD: A lot of fun. We had a lot of downtime. We were there for about six months and we had a lot of time to kill. So myself, Anna Paquin and Shawn Ashmore hung out a lot, along with the writers, Michael Dougherity and Dan Harris. We had a lot of fun, killed a lot of time, played cards and went out. It was good. It was fun.
QUESTION: When you weren't working, did you stay in Vancouver?
STANFORD: I was in Vancouver mostly. There were a couple of times when I had two weeks off or so that I went back to New York. But overall, we stayed there.
QUESTION: Who wins between Pyro and Iceman?
STANFORD: We discussed that. We figured what would happen is that we would both just drown. He would be hitting me with ice and the fire would melt it. I tried for that joke.
QUESTION: Do you think that X2 tries to emphasize more of the psychological aspects of the characters?
STANFORD: Yeah, I think they really tried to bring a human element to all the characters. What sort of sets X-Men apart from the rest of the movies in this genre is that you have super-heroes, but they're for the most part reluctant super-heroes. They're have to deal with the day-to-day problems that somebody would have had they had those powers thrust upon them. So I think, yeah, they really pay attention to the psychology and things that make these extraordinary people human, so that you can relate to them.
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