Daniel Cudmore: Having A ‘Massive Background In Sports’ Helps With Action Scenes

Holiday weekends are a great time for movie premiers, and this Memorial Day weekend is no exception. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in theaters Friday.

Daniel Cudmore, who starred in X-Men 2 in 2003 and X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006, returns once more to play Colossus.

“Going back into that universe is always great for me,” Cudmore said on The MoJo Show. “I love the character, so getting the call to come back – I’m on board with that massive cast and (director) Brian (Singer) back at the helm and Simon Kinberg writing an amazing script. I was pumped.”

Cudmore filmed the movie last year in Montreal.

“In all honesty, what a great, great movie,” Cudmore said. “It was logistically hard for me when I looked at it to see how it was all going to come together, but it’s almost two movies in one. It’s really the past and then chunks of the future and showing mutants with their biggest threat ever and how they’re adapting and how they’re going to take down (their foes). It’s just a great story line (with) some unbelievably great acting and a ton of action. It’s a really well-rounded film.”

Cudmore’s character, Colossus, is one of the strongest mutants – his skin turns into steal – but he’s a pacifist.

“(He) does not like to fight unless (he has to),” Cudmore said.

Odds are, he has to in this one. Cudmore explained that Colossus is “pushed right to the final edge and is fighting tooth and nail to survive and make sure he doesn’t lose any of his fellow X-Men along the way.”

Cudmore once again got to work with a star-studded cast, including Hugh Jackman, who plays Logan and Wolverine.

“He’s such a great guy,” Cudmore said of Jackman. “He adds a little twist or something new to (the series every time). It’s a lot of fun to watch him go through the story in this movie.”

Jackman, however, isn’t the only big name in the movie. You’ve also got Halle Berre, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Paquin, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, among others.

“It’s kind of this surreal thing where you’re sitting around watching all of these people you’ve seen in such amazing performances – and they’re just normal,” Cudmore said. “They mess up their lines and (they’re) making jokes and cracking jokes. We had a couple times where we were trying to film this scene, and Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen just kept cracking jokes to the point where Brian was just losing it because he just wanted to get the scene done.”

While McKellen and Stewart are in their 70s, Cudmore, 33, certainly has the ideal physique for his role. He’s 6-7 with a colossal frame and played college football at Gannon University.

He even played professional rugby.

“A lot of the roles that I take on and enjoy are physical,” Cudmore said. “I’ve got a massive background in sports, and it helps when trying to do a lot of the action stuff. It’s been nothing but an asset for me.”

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