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Exclusive: Omar Sy Talks X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Exclusive: Omar Sy Talks X-Men: Days Of Future PastPosted by Wilson Morales

May 19, 2014

X-Men Days of Future Past Poster 5Coming out this week is the long awaited ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ which is directed by Bryan Singer, and starring James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Sir Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Sir Ian McKellen (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Halle Berry (Storm), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Daniel Cudmore (Colossus), Omar Sy (Bishop), Boo Boo Stewart (Warpath), Evan Jonigkeit (Toad), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Adan Canto (Sunspot), Fan Bingbing (Blink), Josh Helman (William Stryker) and Peter Dinklage (Bolivar Trask).

The film is based on the comic book storyline “Days of Future Past,” which ran in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 back in 1981 during Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s run and introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.

Omar SyFor Sy, who plays Bishop, the film is his biggest profile he won critical acclaim and became the 1st Black Actor To Win César Award For Best Actor (French Equivalent Of Oscars) for his 2012 film, ‘The Intouchables.’ Besides this X-Men film, Sy has ‘Good People’ opposite James Franco coming out and has a featured role in another big franchise film, ‘Jurassic World.’

Blackfilm.com recently spoke exclusively with Sy about his role as Bishop in X-Men: Days of Future Past, life after The Intouchables and his upcoming projects.

X-Men Days of Future Past character photo - Omar Sy as BishopHow much did you know about the character prior to taking on the role?

Omar Sy: Before the film, nothing. I heard about Bishop when I was in the producer’s office and he told me the film, ‘Days of Future Past,’ and introduced me to Bishop. I then started to do research and found out that Bishop is a big character.

For those who are not aware, how would you describe Bishop?

OS: Bishop is a mutant who is capable of traveling through time. His power is to absorb energy and give it back through a gun. He’s also a soldier, fighting to free the mutants. He comes from an apocalyptic future and he has to fight for freedom because he was raised in a mutant camp. That’s why he has a “M” in his eyes and he escaped and comes back to free others.

X-Men Days of Future Past 45Had you seen the previous X-Men films?

OS: Of course. I’m a big fan. Before this film, I would say that the first film is my favorite and then ‘First Class.’

What was the attraction to doing this film?

OS: Just to be a superhero. To be an X-Men is a childhood dream. It’s cool to be in it.

With so many actors in the film, what was it like working with those in your scenes?

OS: It was cool. It was amazing for me and unbelievable. I was nervous coming to the set on the first day. The night before I couldn’t sleep, but once I got there, the cast was very warm and welcoming. Sometimes we had dinner together, but at times, after long days of shooting, the best we all needed was sleep.

Omar Sy as BishopHow long did it take to put on the costume and makeup?

OS: It took two hours for the brand (M) as well as the hair.

Have you ever grown your hair long?

OS: Never. I used to have dreadlocks.

Do you believe Bishop can have his own story?

OS: You have to write that because I want to, and maybe it will give the producers an idea.

Will Bishop be part of the Apocalypse phase, which is also going to be a film?

OS: Yeah. He is. He is one of the X-Men in the future. As far as being in the film, I don’t know.

X-Men Days of Future Past character poster - Omar Sy as BishopHow has life been after ‘The Intouchables’?

OS: From the first time we met, when I did interviews for that film, I think I speak better English. There’s been a lot of change, but I living my dream.

You have another film, ‘Good People’ coming out? What’s your role there?

OS: I’m the bad guy for the first time in my life. It was really interesting and funny to play that role. That’s one of the changes I’ve had, to be able to play that sort of role.

Then there, ‘Jurassic World.’ Are you allowed to talk about your role in the film?

OS: All I can say is that I was on the set recently and it’s cool. It’s really good to work with the director Colin Trevorrow. He’s a good guy, a very talented guy. I met Chris Pratt and we did some scenes together. He’s a good actor and funny guy. I also had time to say hello to Bryce Dallas Howard. She’s nice too. It’s a new team and a new adventure. I’m happy.

Omar Sy X-Men DOFPWith these two big franchise films, is there anything else you are looking to do?

OS: The universe will tell us.

When you are not filming, what keeps you grounded?

OS: I stay with my family. I try to be a good husband and good dad. That’s my real life.

What’s next for you?

OS: I have ‘Sambe’ coming out in October in France. That was directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the guys who did ‘The Intouchables.’ I will also be shooting ‘Chocolat,’ the story of Rafael Padilla the first black celebrity in France who was known as Chocolate the black clown. I have other projects coming up as well.

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