Fans of Anna Paquin and her mutant character Rogue will not be happy to hear that the editing ax has struck hard. Director Bryan Singer has removed Rogue completely during his final cut for the theatrical release of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Poor Rogue. The popular comic book mutant hero was sadly underused in the original X-Men cinematic trilogy. Anna Paquin—who played the character in the three films—has gone on record about her disappointment that the theatrical Rogue wasn’t as tough or powerful as the comic counterpart. Well, the disrespect continues because Rogue/Paquin has been chopped out of the film by merciless editing, like Wolverine carving up a bad guy.
Although Paquin’s participation has been advertised—along with other returning cast members from the trilogy—director Bryan Singer has found it artistically necessary to cut Rogue out of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer stresses that it’s nothing negative against the Oscar-winning actress herself. He says “She’s a brilliant actress. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.”
It seems that due to Paquin’s True Blood schedule, she was only able to film two scenes in the movie. (She was only on the set for one week.) One of the two scenes was considered unimportant and eliminated in the early editing process, but the second was supposed to remain in the theatrical release—until this week.
Singer explains the reason Rogue was axed from the final version:
“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”
Singer talks about informing Paquin of the cut. "She completely understood. It's very disappointing, but she's very professional and she knows that stuff happens, particularly with material you shoot early on in production. Films evolve."
The scene being cut was an action sequence wherein Rogue, Iceman and Magneto are on a rescue mission. Some of the sequence made its way into the trailer. But it won’t make its way into theaters. Still, there’s always DVD and Blu-Ray.
With such a large cast, and a complex story, it’s not overly surprising to hear that scenes are being cut. It’s just a shame this eliminates Paquin completely. So, Rogue joins Mary Jane as a victim of editing. (Mary Jane was cut from the Amazing Spider-Man 2).
The remaining stars of X-Men: Days of Future Past are Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Evans, Omar Sy and Peter Dinklage. The film opens on May 23, 2014.