Shawn Ashmore has appeared in four of the ‘X-Men’ movies, but isn’t in the new one, ‘Apocalypse’ which is coming out at the end of this month. He is, however, interested in returning to portray Bobby Drake, a.k.a. Iceman, who, in previous films, served as a love interest for both Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page).
However, last year, the comic book version of his character was revealed to be gay. At the time, Ashmore was supportive of his doppelganger, tweeting this message:
Congrats Bobby! :) https://t.co/yiWcZTq1h4
— Shawn R Ashmore (@ShawnRAshmore) April 21, 2015
He also spoke in an interview about the development, saying:
“I think it’d probably be the most interesting thing that could happen to Bobby in the films. If they decided to take the story that way, it’d be incredibly dramatic, it’d be an interesting storyline, and it would give Bobby a great character arc. I’d definitely be open to that, but again, I’m not sure if they want to take the character in that direction. I have no idea how they would play that out. I think it’d be very interesting.”
Now, with ‘Apocalypse’ arriving soon, Ashmore, now 36 years-old, is once more expressing his interest in reprising his mutant role, and exploring this new facet of his personality:
“What I think is interesting is that the X-Men have always been about diversity, it’s the key message of the film. For the X-Men what makes us different is what makes us great, so if Iceman or Bobby came out in a film I think it would stay very much on point and on message about what the films are about. We did establish him as having a love interest with Rogue and with Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) so it would have to be handled well to have that shift in his sexuality work for viewers. I think it could be really interesting.”
Unfortunately, the problem with this is that most of the cast of the previous ‘X-Men’ movies have been replaced by younger actors. Whereas Ashmore was one of the younger characters in the previous movies, he’s not older than the new Cyclops, Jean Grey, etc.
‘Days of Future Past’ reestablished Bobby’s relationship with Rogue, but that doesn’t mean history can’t be slightly rewritten in upcoming ‘X-Men’ films.
Would you like to see Ashmore return in future films? Or would you like to see a new, younger Bobby Drake that embraces this new aspect of his personality? (Logan Lerman? Just sayin’!)
Directed by Bryan Singer, ’X-Men: Apocalypse’ stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Lucas Till, Ben Hardy, Lana Condor, Olivia Munn, Tómas Lemarquis, and Hugh Jackman and opens in theaters May 27, 2016.
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