Aussie Actor Kodi Smit-McPhee Has Some Thoughts About That Dark Phoenix 'X-Women' Line
Make no mistake, the latest film in the X-Men franchise 'Dark Phoenix' has a clear and powerful message: it's all about the laaaaadies.
GoT star Sophie Turner steps in to tell the origin story of Jean Grey who uncovers a new dark and unruly superpower. You've also got Jessica Chastain as the alien villain 'Smith' and Jennifer Lawrence's character Raven challenging masculine authority. At one point in the film J Law delivers a particularily fiery line aimed at Professor Charles Xavier played by James McAvoy.
"By the way the women are always saving the men around here. You might wanna think about changing the name to X-Women," she snarls.
In an exclusive interview we spoke to Aussie actor Kodi Smit-McPhee - who plays 'Nightcrawler' in the film - to find out what he thinks of the iconic line and the importance of creating a film with a strong female core.
"It’s a really special movie and something else everyone has been talking about today is that the protagonist and the antagonist in this movie are both women but it’s not something that’s done in an ‘extra’ way. In other words, I feel like it’s not too in our face that they’re trying to say, “Okay: Women!” It’s done in a very organic way, and something you don’t really think about and it makes a lot of sense," said the 22-year-old from Adelaide.
And it seems like the gravity of being involved with a film that is helping to push the needle, is not lost on him.
"I feel like we’ve owed this to women for a very long time so I’m honoured to be a part of something like that."
It's nice to see one of our woke young actors getting involved with such an important message. More of this in 2019!
You can catch Dark Phoenix in cinemas now.
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