Bryan Singer: At Its Core, X-Men Has Always Been About Outcasts

4.16.2014

By Stacy Lambe

The director opens up about his personal connection to the film

With the release of third and final trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, hype has reached a boiling point. Fans cannot get enough of the movie that promises to be the most explosive and dramatic of the X-Men franchise.

But when you take away all the explosions and eye candy – at its core, Bryan Singer, No. 28 on Out's Power List, says that the series has always been about outsiders.

X-Men has always appealed to people who felt like outcasts,” Singer tells Shana Naomi Krochmal for a story that will appear in the June issue of Out magazine.

“But I also understood it had a universal appeal,” continues Singer as he explains his personal connection to the series, which has always been regarded as an allegory for homosexuality. “Even the most popular person, or the best-looking, or the straightest, has times in life where they feel different and like they don’t belong.”

His thoughts are poignant considering how many queer actors are in the film. Sir Ian McKellen and Anna Paquin have both been out for many years. But X-Men’s other star, Ellen Page, No. 29, only recently opened up to the public about her sexuality.

“I suffered for years because I was scared to be out,” Page said at a Human Rights Campaign conference. Her feelings are universal to many fans of the franchise that identify with the series as a gay person or even an outsider. This time she appears in the film not as an outcast but an out and proud woman.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in theaters May 23. Watch the trailer below:

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