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X-Men: Days of Future Past New York press conference

Prior to the X-Men: Days of Future Past New York City premiere, the cast and crew held a press conference at the NYC’s Ritz Carlton yesterday to talk about what fans can expect in this new installment. Hugh Jackman, who has played Wolverine in the X-Men franchise since the first movie was released in 2000, said: “The whole time, as intense as the material was, it was unbelievable. I’m probably uniquely qualified to say, from working with everyone, that being on the set throughout the whole thing was a joy.”

Screenwriter Simon Kinberg talked about his biggest challenge when it came to writing the script: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie with this many lead roles. That was the biggest challenge, was just keeping all of the characters straight in their own stories, and making sure that everybody had their own emotional arc over the span of the movie… I had colored notecards on the wall, different colors for each character… But that kept it straight for me, because I could look at the board and see each of their stories broken up separately.”

Others in attendance included Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, who joins the series as Bolivar Trask; Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy (who play Professor Magneto at different ages); Michael Fassbender who returns as the younger Magneto and Ellen Page, playing Kitty Pryde for the second time. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens Friday, May 23, 2014.