BBP Exclusive: Leiki Talks To X-Men: Days of Future Past’s Shawn Ashmore

Biff Bam Pop’s Leiki Veskimets and Shawn Ashmore have been friends for over 10 years, so with “X-Men Days of Future Past” coming out and “The Following” renewed for a third season, it seemed like a good time to try her hand at interviewing him about all things Shawn, Iceman and Mike Weston.  This exclusive interview to BiffBamPop took place in April.  Read her in-depth profile of the ‘coolest’ guy she is proud to know after the jump.

Shawn Ashmore
Shawn Ashmore

Leiki Veskimets: Let’s start at the beginning.  When you’re getting started as an actor, you can’t really refuse work.  I’m wondering if there’s anything that you auditioned for when you were first getting started that you actually hoped you wouldn’t get?

Shawn Ashmore: Yeah.  I think there’s… well no. I guess yes and no.  Because, like you said, when you’re starting you can’t really be picky.  It’s one of those things where you’re going out for stuff and you definitely want to book the job.  So there were certainly things that I was auditioning for that I didn’t love, or characters that I was like, I don’t even know if I want to play this.  Sometimes you read the script, or read the scene and you just know that it’s not going to be very good.  But you really can’t be picky, and I think for most people it’s just about booking that job and progressing and feeling like you’re moving forward.  And also, I think once you start working a little bit, you just realize that every job is an opportunity to learn something and even if the part isn’t the best thing in the world, or the project isn’t the best thing in the world, you make those relationships, you learn something. You get more comfortable just with your performance.  You get more comfortable about crying in front of people, like fifty people.  That’s a challenging thing, to become emotionally vulnerable.  It took me years to learn that.  So there’s certain shows that I did, that weren’t going to be great, but I learned to sort of break down those walls so that you can become vulnerable in front of a crew of fifty to a hundred people when you need to.  So I guess that’s the long answer to the question but yeah, I think there’s definitely things I didn’t necessarily need to book, but I still wanted to, because you just want to work, you just want to feel like you’re doing what you like to do.

LV:  Right.  So there was no embarrassing commercial or anything where you went, oh I don’t….

SA: Oh, certainly there’s stuff, that I look back and I was like, oh wow… OK, here’s a perfect example of something that I’m actually really happy I did but at the time I was kind of like, oh this might be kind of nerdy or whatever.  I did a couple of episodes of Mr. Dressup.  And I grew up watching  Mr. Dressup.  I loved  Mr. Dressup when I was a kid.  And when the opportunity came around to be on the show, I was twelve, turning thirteen so it wasn’t really cool anymore, and part of me really wanted to do it because I loved the show and I thought it was a cool opportunity.  But the other part of me was like, oh this isn’t cool, my friends will see me on  Mr. Dressup, they’re going to think I’m a kid and I’m nerdy and all that stuff.  So, I ended up doing it anyways.  And I did get teased a little bit, but ultimately it was a huge learning experience.  Because they shot, they recorded the show, straight through, the half hour show, so it was almost like it was really taped live.  If you screwed up they could cut, but they really didn’t cut all that often, and so you would rehearse a bunch of times and then shoot the show, and that was the first time I had actually done that.  Most of the time, it’s that comfortable, single camera situation, where you do a take at a time, you would do a scene at a time, not a full half hour show.  So I learned a lot on that, but at the time, that was something that I was kind of embarrassed to do, but I still really wanted to do. You know?

LV: Yeah, yeah.  And since then you’ve worked steadily to over fifty acting credits on your resume. What role has really scared or challenged  you the most to play?

Shawn Ashmore as Terry Fox
Shawn Ashmore as Terry Fox

SA: There’s quite a few that I’ve been scared to do, but I feel like, probably, by extension of the role, Terry Fox is the most fearful I ever was to take on a role.  Only because I was so excited to be offered that role, and obviously to get to play one of my own heroes, and I think a lot of Canadians’, one of the people that they look up to, influential Canadian, a national treasure to an extent … and I was terrified of just screwing that up.  I was terrified of not doing a good job.  And there’s so much to that.  There’s a physicality that I thought was going to be difficult because if you don’t perfect the gait that he has, which is so recognizable for every single Canadian, I thought that would take people out of the movie.  Even just performance-wise when I read the script, there’s several key speeches that I had seen news footage of over and over again.  Every year you’d see these speeches that Terry Fox gave on the news, you know, they replay those, relive those moments, important emotional moments, that really made Canada fall in love with Terry Fox.  I was like, how do you do it better?  How do you bring more emotion?  How do you do justice to these raw, emotional moments that Canadians are so used to seeing, and we had to sort of, try to recreate those in a way.  That was terrifying.

LV: But you knew that you would be happy to do it?

SA: I knew that I wanted to do it.  It was that it was an honour to be asked to do that.  But again, it’s like, if you fall flat, or if it’s a crappy TV movie at the end of the day, you’ve tarnished a Canadian hero.  You haven’t done justice to the huge sacrifice that Terry Fox made.  He basically sacrificed his life, to bring awareness to his plight, but also everyone with cancer at the time.  And for all these years afterwards, like 20-something years afterwards, we’re still talking about him and still raising money in his name.  So that was scary.  And I read the script, and my brother Aaron, who you know, read the script too.  I gave it to him, I said, listen, read this, what do you think, and he said “if you don’t take this, I’m gonna do it!”  You know, I had to do it.  He said, of course you can do this.  Someone else is going to do it, why… why…

LV: Why not you?

SA: Yeah, exactly.  And so Aaron sort of helped me, pushed me over the edge to say yes.  But I was definitely terrified about that.  That was the one I had the most resistance to doing.  And also it was the biggest payoff for me.  Because I was really proud of how that turned out.

LV: He’s such an icon in Canada, and like you said, there was an enormous pressure to do it well for that reason.  But what has been the reaction to that film, if any, outside of Canada?

SA: You know, honestly, in the States, there’s little to no awareness of the film or Terry in general.  The name might sound familiar to people.  Where they’d say, I think maybe I heard about him or saw something about him, but there’s really little to no awareness.  But the Terry Fox Foundation is an international foundation now, so I was getting huge feedback from Europe, Australia, places like that where he’s known.  So, internationally it was well recognized as well.  But I would say in the United States, he’s just not well known, so it wasn’t really much reaction because I don’t think very many people saw it.  And if they did, I don’t think they had an emotional connection to it like we all did in school.  I remember running the Terry Fox run in elementary school and all that stuff.  It was definitely a different reaction.

LV: On the film, you were also Executive Producer.  How did that come about?

SA: Yeah.  Honestly, that was, you know, mostly title only.  But it was one of those things where, because I was so scared, because I wanted to make sure that, I felt that I was kind of vulnerable, putting myself out there, playing this role.  And I just wanted to be as connected to the film, once I made the decision, I wanted to be as connected to it and also as involved as I possibly could be.  And Shaftsbury, which was the company that produced the film, and I’ve actually now worked with them several times since then, we had a really good working relationship, and they embraced that.  They knew that, for me to feel totally comfortable and to be all in, which is kind of required for this role  .  They wanted to make me feel comfortable.  And I wanted to be involved in, not decision-making necessarily, but I sat in on all the casting sessions.  I read with a lot of the actors that we ended up casting.  I just wanted to be involved.  I wanted to sit there, I wanted to meet the actors, I wanted to read with them, I wanted to rehearse, I wanted to just sit in on meetings, just know what’s going on so I felt very comfortable in every aspect.  So that’s kind of how that came about.  So it’s not as if I was some producer, who’s making phone calls, and wheeling and dealing and working the budget or anything like that.  It wasn’t an ego thing for me as an actor, but really it helped me feel comfortable with the process.  So that was very cool of them.  And again, I got to see the bigger side, the production side of making a film as opposed to just the showing up on set and shooting the scenes that I’m in.  It was nice.

LV: Is that something that, based on that experience, even though it was for different reasons, is that something that you would want to pursue in the future, whether it’s directing, producing or executive producing?

SA:  Yeah, absolutely.  My wife is a producer, so I certainly get to see a lot of that side of production now.  And again, I don’t think I’d want to be a producer for the sake of being a producer.  I think I’d like to be a producer to take control of my career as an actor.  Do you know what I mean?  Develop projects, find material, because my passion and my real talent I think are as an actor, I’m not a producer, I don’t have that brain, I’m not business oriented.  But, having been in this business for twenty-four years now, I do realize that as an actor sometimes you get the role because they’re offered to you.  Sometimes you get them because you auditioned for them.  And sometimes you get them because you make them for yourself.  And that is an aspect of the business that I’m trying to bridge now, that I’m interested in doing. And so if that’s turned into finding a book and optioning it and being a producer, to help develop a movie that I could be in, I’d definitely been interested in that.

LV: And now that you have twenty-four years under your belt and a lot more experience, how carefully do you plan out your career trajectory?  After doing darker material for a while, do you ever turn around and say “I’d like to do a rom-com”.

SA:Yeah, absolutely.  Again, that’s the only control that you can have as an actor.  What kind of roles am I going to go after?  What kind of roles am I gonna choose to be in?  And honestly, I love dramatic work, I feel like that’s where my real strength is.  And that’s where I get the most out of performing, is when I get to sort of dig into those really super dramatic, emotional roles.  But I think, again, you can get burnt out on that, and you can get bored of doing the same thing over and over again, so, yeah, I mean, certainly, there’s a part of me that’s like, the eighteenth season of The Following, where I think, maybe it would be nice to do something that’s romantic and funny as opposed to serial killers and all that all the time. It’s just about mixing it up and challenging yourself.  Maybe one day, I will do the rom-com side of things.

LV:  Speaking of The Following, it is a pretty intense role and it’s this whole serial killer trend.  What do you think the popularity is with this kind of material?

SA: I think that the horror genre brings about a type of physical reaction.  When you watch a drama, you get pulled in emotionally, intellectually, you’re engaged.  But there’s something about the horror genre where your palms are sweating, your heart is beating and it’s something that you can’t control, the physical reaction to that kind of entertainment.  Like if it’s a ghost story, or you’re sitting with the lights out at home watching a horror film and you jump or you hear something behind you.  There’s sort of this physical reaction that I think horror is a really terrific kind of film to bring that out in people.  And I think we love that, we love to be scared.  I think that’s where that enjoyment comes from.  And we love to be scared in a controlled environment.  I think that’s what it is.  And specifically our show, The Following with serial killers, I think people are fascinated because they want to protect themselves.  They know these people are out there, and the fascination about well, I want to know who they are, what they look like, and that’s the true dilemma.  The ironic thing about serial killers is that if they are very successful you will never see them.  Because really they are chameleons, they are charming.  If you look at any of the cases from Dahlmer to Ted Bundy, they’re very manipulative, they’re very charming.  And if you were to ask somebody what they were like before they knew they were a killer, they’d say they were the most charming person, or they’re very normal, that you wouldn’t be able to identify them.  And I think, watching these shows, people are like, I want to be able to know what they look like and how to see them coming.  And ultimately you really can’t.  And that’s what I learned doing all this research and watching these cases and digging into this stuff.  You can’t really see it coming, that’s why they are so scary.  It’s kind of crazy, but it’s fun on a TV show.

Shawn Ashmore in The Following
Shawn Ashmore in The Following

LV: Are you happy doing The Following for the next ten years?

SA: Yeah!  Listen, ten years is a long time.  I’m ecstatic doing the show right now. because I love what’s being written for me to do as an actor.  There’s always that fear when you go and do a TV show that you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into.  With a film script, you have it in front of you.  You know the two hours, you can read the script from start to finish.  And you know what you’re going to be doing, you know what the movie is about.  With a TV show, you have the pilot and you sign on and you have no idea where the rest of the show is going to go, what they’re going to do with your character, what they’re going to ask you to do.  I’ve been more than happy with what Kevin Williamson, the creator of our show, the showrunner, and I love what he’s given me to do, my character, Mike Weston.  And it’s been a huge arc, and that’s the real challenge, like I think people start to feel stagnant with television, because you’re doing so much material, 22 hours a season.  We only do 15, which is also a big benefit.  But you can start to repeat yourself, get stuck in these ruts, where they’re just continuing to do the same thing over and over again.  And I feel like that’s not the case at all so far with The Following.  So far my character is continually evolving.  Where my character started out in the pilot, to where he ends off in the finale of the second season, he’s a completely different man.  His life has been changed, he is completely changed and as an actor, that’s what fun, that’s why I’m continuing to learn about this character, continuing to have him change and adapt to the writing that’s coming at him.   So that’s really been fun.  So if that continues, I’d very easily be happy being on the show for as long as it goes.  Not to mention I get to work with great actors, do you know what I mean?  Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy… it’s a pretty amazing job.

LV: Not too bad!  In terms of working with great people, you have the X-Men movie coming up.  But how fun was it to be a fan when you went to go see First Class?

SA: Oh, it was cool!  It was very cool.  I have to say that just being a part of the franchise is amazing.  I’ve read the comic books since I was a kid.  To go see an X-Men movie and fully enjoy it because I’m not in it, is amazing.  It was fun, I loved it.  I loved the actors that were in the film.  I loved what they did with the story, I loved the origins of this relationship between Magneto and Xavier.  I though that was such a great take on the characters.  So I loved it.  I loved the actors they chose.  I thought it was a lot of fun.  I walked out being excited for another X-Men film, whether I was going to be in it or not.  I thought that was a great direction to take the story.

LV: When you saw it, were you sorry, that you didn’t have the opportunity (time period notwithstanding) to work with those people?

SA: Absolutely!  Yeah, absolutely!  Of course, because of the time period there’s no way that my character, Bobby wasn’t born yet, I was like, man, I wish I was a part of that X-Men movie.  I really liked it.  I thought it was cool.  Again, I would’ve loved to have been able to work with those actors and as things worked out, I got a chance to actually be in a film with them a couple years after.

Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Draka aka Iceman
Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Draka aka Iceman

LV:  How did you find out about Days of Future Past?  First, that there was going to be another X-Men movie and you were in it, and then secondly, that you were going to work with all those people you didn’t think you’d have the opportunity to work with?  Or was it laid on you all at once?

SA: What happened was, I heard that they were making Days of Future Past and I knew that meant there was two different timelines, so I thought, wow, my character could actually be in this film because it’s a possibility because of the time travel or the time displacement elements of this story.  There’s a future storyline and a past storyline.  And I thought, well, technically, my character could be alive and exist in this storyline.  But I didn’t know which characters they were going to choose to use in the future.  I thought, as long as they’re making it, there’s a possibility.  But I didn’t find out until maybe a month after I heard about the film that I was actually going to be used.  So I was sitting anxiously waiting for that phone call to say “Hey, we want you to come back!” and luckily it happened.  It was pretty cool.

LV: After filming finished, the public found out about Anna Paquin’s role ending up on the cutting room floor.  Does that affect the amount of screen time that you also got?

SA: Yeah, yeah.  The sequence that was cut was, and I don’t want to say too much about it, because, it still affects the general storyline and I gotta keep my mouth shut about a lot of the details.  There was a rescue sequence, I guess you could say, that Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Anna and myself were involved in, and there was a really exciting action sequence and a couple of great scenes that I had that may not make it in the film.  But you know, that’s the way on a big, giant, tentpole movie.  There’s always scenes that aren’t going to make it and it’s frustrating, even a little disappointing, but there’s a lot of great action in the film so I’m kinda happy about that.

LV: Have you seen the film yet in it’s entirety? (this interview was conducted in April)

SA: No, I haven’t.  I’ve seen bits and pieces when I was doing ADR.  So I saw a few of the action sequences and some dialogue moments, but I haven’t seen the whole film, so I’m waiting to see that.

LV: That’s exciting.

SA: Yeah!

LV: Do you often, when you see the movie for the first time, are you curious to see how they’ve edited certain scenes together?

SA: I’m always curious to see the action stuff in a film like this, because a lot of times, it’s not that we shoot on green screen, but there’s a lot of giant elements.  Like we’re interacting with the Sentinels, which are these giant robotic creatures, and they were never there.  So we saw pictures of what they were going to look like, but we’re pretending that they’re there while we shoot these action sequences, so it’s exciting to see how that all comes together.  And again, I play Iceman, so I get to ice-up and become the character that we’ve all known in the comic books.  And as much as they can explain what it’s going to look like, until you actually see it, it’s really hard to understand.  So that’s the most exciting thing for me, is seeing the action sequences comes together.  ‘Cause they’re shot in such low portions here and there, at different times.  Sometimes there’s different locations, like some stuff is shot on a practical set, and then they take you onto a green screen as you’re flying and then all those little elements are put together into this cohesive action scene, that, as you’re watching you’re not even aware were required in order to make it happen.  So that’s the most exciting thing.

LV: I know you can’t give away many plot details, but is there anything that you can tell people to expect or look forward to?  What can you reveal?

SA: Well, the trailer is out, so the thing that I would say to look forward to is that this is by far the biggest X-Men film that they’ve made.  I think you’re going to get to see all your favourite characters using their abilities and in action sequences like we’ve been waiting to see, I think.  I feel like there’s scenes in this movie that if you were to open an X-Men comic book to the center page, to the famous battle sequences, that will be represented in X-Men: Days of Future Past.  It feels ripped out of the comic books.  It’s the X-Men fighting giant robots, do you know what I mean?  It’s giant fun, it’s amazing action sequences.  The stakes are really high too.  That’s what I can say about the movie.  The X-Men in the future are in jeopardy.  Characters die.  It’s not like, oh well, they’re superheroes, there may be a big fight, but they’ll win.  The stakes are very, very high and characters die.  And that’s the reality of the storyline.  I’m not giving anything away because in the comic book, which the film is based on, that happens.  So, I think what’s really great, Bryan Singer, and the other directors, Matthew Vaughn, Brett Ratner, James Mangold have really built these characters up over the years, so we really care about them.  So now, when your favourite character, no matter who that may be, are put in jeopardy, you’re emotionally attached to them, you care about them and it’s kind of sad, when you lose a character that you love.

LV: You mentioned Bryan Singer.  How fun was the reunion of being able to work together again on the same project?

SA: It was cool.  Ultimately, Bryan cast most of us in the first movie so there’s a trust when you come back and work with a director that wanted you to play that character originally.  So it was cool to come back after 6 or 7 years since X-Men 2, that was the X-Men film that Bryan directed, and there was a shorthand with him as a director, because you know him, he knows you.  He knows what you can do, he knows your strengths, he knows when he has to push you.  And as far as being around the other actors, it was incredible.  It’s like a big family reunion.  You travel the world together, you worked on multiple films together.  People’s lives change, they’ve had babies, they’ve gotten married, they’ve gotten divorced, you get to catch up with everybody.  You catch up, you check in with them, you find out what’s new.  It’s kind of like getting together with friends after a long period of distance.

LV: I remember for X2, you had to train and be on a strict diet for filming.  What kind of prep did you have to do this time around?  We’ve seen a lot of action in the trailer so far.

SA: There wasn’t a lot of physical training as far as being in the gym, but we definitely did a lot of wire work.  When we got to Montreal, before we started shooting, we did a lot of stunt rehearsal and training on the wires, which is really fun.  It’s not easy, but it’s also not difficult.  It’s just an acquired skill.  You don’t have to be incredibly physical, certainly have to be in shape, you can hurt yourself if you don’t do it correctly.  But the team trains you, makes sure you know what’s going on.  It’s more about spending time in the harnesses and flying around and knowing what you’re doing and just the repetition of doing the moves over and over again.  So we spent quite a bit of time rehearsing those action sequences, so for me that was the majority of the preparation was really stunt-work, not necessarily in a physical kind of way.  For X2 I was working out, going to the gym, but for this it wasn’t quite as required, so that was good!  I’m a bit lazy when it comes to going to the gym so that was easier for me.

LV: Given the caliber of co-stars you’ve had, do you ever take the opportunity to ask for advice or talk about the industry?  There’s Kevin Bacon, Bryan Singer… do those conversations happen?

SA: Yeah, for sure! For me, the most important and coolest thing that I got to do was really just sit and watch Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart working.  Like, that was it.  So even on days when I’m not in those scenes, I would show up and spend a little extra time on set because they’re masters.  They’re the best at what they do and it was nice to sort of, more than anything just witness what they’re doing as opposed to sitting down and having a conversation about the business is just watch what they do.  Because I don’t think you can explain that.  It’s not something that they can tell you what to do.  It’s something you need to witness, like a sponge learning effect.  If you’re around it and seeing the best of the best do what they do, you can pick up on some of those things.  Even little details, preparation, how they prepare for a scene for example. That was kind of cool.  But it was more about observation than anything else.

LV:  What is the best advice about the business that you’ve ever gotten from anyone?

SA: I worked with this actor as a kid in Toronto, I was probably 12 or 13 and I was doing a TV movie.  He said, “You sure you want to do this?”  He said, “Is this the job that you want to do for the rest of your life?” and I thought, “Well, I don’t know, but I guess so”.  And he basically said, I would think twice about that.  He said, “I’m not going to tell you not to do it, I’ll just tell you it’s a really, really tough job and it can be really, really tough and make sure you think twice about it and make sure you really, really, REALLY, want to do it.  Make sure you love it, or it’s not worth doing.”  And that was advice that I always carry with me in the back of my head somewhere.  And when I did hit those moments of real disillusion, or disappointment, or, there’s a lot of rejection, there’s a lot of hard work that doesn’t go anywhere, I would remember what he said.  And I would check in and think, this is still what I want to do, this is still better than doing anything else I can imagine.  That was good advice that I still think about.  And I still say that to people that ask me for advice.  I say make sure it’s something you love, because I can tell you from first-hand experience that when you’re working and everything’s good it’s a lot of fun, but when you’re having an issue getting a job or you’ve gone in for 10 auditions in a row and you’re not getting any feedback or just “We don’t like him”, it feels like crap.  You have to balance that, and know that it will work out, but you better be prepared to go through that.

Shawn Ashmore, standing on guard for Canada.
Shawn Ashmore, standing on guard for Canada.

LV:  I’ve been keeping up with your press over the years and there’s something I’ve always wanted to ask you about.  I saw a picture of you, naked, draped in the Canadian flag.

SA: (laughing) Oh yeah. Do you want to know why I did that?

LV: (laughing) I do.

SA: So that was for a Cosmo UK photo shoot.  They were doing a male issue to raise money for cancer awareness.  So that’s why I did that.  A lot of people ask “Why the hell did you do that?”  I didn’t come up with the concept of the flag, we actually shot different versions, but that’s what it was for.  It was athletes and actors and musicians and all that kind of stuff.  That’s why I was half naked and draped in a flag and I’ve definitely gotten some slack for it, but at the time I thought it was for a good cause.

LV: I know you’re a grown-up, but what did your family say?

SA: I don’t know. I think my family teased me, but I don’t think they really cared, to be honest.

LV: Has that followed you, or did that pretty much stay in the UK?

SA: Perez Hilton put it online right when it came out so there was this internet thing and a lot of people saw it that I knew in the business and in Los Angeles.  Some people really liked it and some people didn’t. (laughing)  It’s not something that I would probably do now, but I don’t regret doing it.  It was just one of those things.  It was an opportunity and it was for a good cause and I thought, OK.  I’ll just try it.  It’s one of those things.

LV: It’s a good cause for sure and like you said, it’s a learning experience.

SA: Yeah, always.  Again, I’ve now realized that there might be an easier way to raise awareness, but you know, whatever.

LV: I’m sure it increased your female fan base.

SA: Yeah, that didn’t hurt.

LV: OK, let’s do the Final Five questions!

SA: Of course!

LV: FIRST, what is your favourite movie?

SA: My favourite movie…. Laurence of Arabia.

LV: TWO, have you ever walked out of a film screening?

SA: Yeah, but it wasn’t because I didn’t like the film.  It’s because the person I was with got motion sickness.  I had to leave Cloverfield.  The first time I went, it was with a friend of mine who got really bad motion sickness and had to leave, so I had to go with him.  But I was really into it.

LV: So you haven’t left a movie because you didn’t like it?

SA: No, not that I can remember.  There’s been plenty of films that I hated, but I will sit through it!  Because there’s always something, you know, something that’s worthwhile.  But there’s definitely been movies that I didn’t want to sit through, but I also know that I’ve been in some of those movies, people probably wanted to walk out of and so it’s sort of a respect thing.  It’s like, hey, listen, we all… sometimes we make bad movies.  It is not always a win.  And out of respect for the time, the blood, sweat and tears, basically of making a film, I will, for the most part, sit through it.  Unless it’s awful, or something I find offensive, gross or something I don’t agree with, but that’s never been the circumstance.  It was basically like, this film is kind of boring and I wish I wasn’t here, but out of respect for the people that made it, I’m gonna stay.

LV: Did you ever see the other half of Cloverfield?

SA: Yeah, yeah, I did.  I really liked it.  The box office can thank me, because I went and saw it twice.

LV: THIRD, what is the question that you get asked the most?

SA: “If you weren’t Iceman, what would you choose to be your mutant ability.”  That’s what I get asked a lot.

LV: So you have a stock answer for that.

SA: No, I try to pick a different one every time.  Cause it’s such a boring question.  I just don’t understand it, because people asked it during X-Men One, then now, 15 years later.  I’m like, nobody can be interested in that question still because everybody’s answered it.  So I think they just don’t know what else to ask sometimes, they ask that question.  So I’ve just use a different answer every time and come up with a different reason, just to keep myself amused.

LV:  FOURTH, what have you ever gotten to keep or stolen from a set?

SA: Well, never props, I’ve never stolen props.  Sometimes clothing.  Outfits or jackets or something like that.  I’ve definitely taken some clothing from sets before just because it fits you, you know?  I’m not a big shopping guy, but sometimes they tailor stuff to you and it looks really good and they fit so I’ve taken, and gotten to keep clothes sometimes.  I did a mini-series in Canada called Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures and I think they basically gave me all the clothing, which was really nice, it was very cool.

LV: That’s great!  Last but not least, this was my first interview, how did I do?

SA: You did great!  You did awesome!  Very comfortable, very down to earth, great questions.  And you didn’t ask, if you weren’t Bobby Drake, what would your mutant ability be, so I salute you for that.

Thanks to Shawn Ashmore for taking the time to talk to Biff Bam Pop! X-Men: Days of Future Past is in theaters this Friday.

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2 Replies to “BBP Exclusive: Leiki Talks To X-Men: Days of Future Past’s Shawn Ashmore”

  1. Great post. I really enjoyed reading this as I love The Following. The whole cast of The Following are amazing. I’m an X-Men fan too (except for X3) so can’t wait to see Days of Future Past.

  2. Terrific Interview! Shawn Ashmore’s star is definitely on the rise; he’s the kind of guy that you just can’t help but root for in all of his roles!

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