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So much Magneto fun it should be illegal 
11th-Oct-2006 03:22 pm
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This is going to make kumadapuma's day. You may have already seen this, but Ian McKellen updated his website with E-Posts about the X-Men. And one of his posts had to do with Magneto's relationship with Mystique and that infamous scene. "Further, I didn't totally buy Magneto's half-indifference to the transformation of his beloved Mystique when she saves him in the prison truck.  He was, however, in the middle of trying to save his kind from the cruelty of "the cure" and there was major work to be done outside and beyond.  Mourning for her, and for Charles, would come later in private tranquillity perhaps."

Gah! That has made my entire year. Even Ian agrees with us. Mystique deserves better.

jurious made me a Magneto fanvid! What a sweetheart. It was lovely, and so well put together. It even had Evanescence music, and yup, I have to admit I love that. Those vids look so hard to make. I attempted to make one once and my computer crashed. Poor computer. It'll turn 5 years old in three months and it's just not up to the task of editing a video. 

While watching jurious's fanvid, I was linked to another Magneto fanvid. It was called "Magneto's bringing sexyback". I had to watch it and so do you. It's so funny I couldn't stop laughing. Enjoy it for yourself.

Thoughts & Comments 
12th-Oct-2006 03:39 am (UTC)
This seriously made my night. It's like there's a keg of happiness that just got tapped somewhere in my head. Thanks for sharing!!

I so need to try and send Ian an e-post. That would just be awesome.
12th-Oct-2006 07:04 am (UTC)
I tried to send Ian a question, but he didn't answer it. Oh, well. I still love him. And maybe I'll try again.
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12th-Oct-2006 07:03 am (UTC)
I usually check his website about once every two weeks for updates, but somehow I missed this too until yesterday. Oh well. It's offically the most awesome quote ever and it's going over to cruellyhandsome immediately.
12th-Oct-2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed the fan vid' - t'was fun to make. And I watched that "Bringing Sexyback" video, too. It made me grin widely. ^______^ T'was very funny. Fangirls do the craziest things, but they do make good fan videos!

And, as much as I love X3, Magneto's abandonment of Mystique did hit me hard. It was a real cold moment that I wasn't quite expecting, but hey, it happened and that was that. I think Sir Ian's right in a way that it doesn't quite ring true for his character, but if you put it into perspective, could Erik really carry on with a non-mutant on his side - be she his former ally or lover or whatever - when he is fighting a war for mutant supremacy?. In that light, Magneto has some sort of justification.

If I'd had my way, it would have worked out differently, but hey. :) This is what fanfiction's for.
14th-Oct-2006 05:34 am (UTC)
I consider myself a slightly matured fangirl. I totally used to act like one. Some days I still do. It's not admirable. But it's fun.

I don't think I hated X3 as much as certain scenes ruined it for me and made me angry because I felt like they could have done better. Rogue taking the cure was one. Magneto being cured (even though he gets his powers back). I was furious and crying in the theatre when I saw that. And the Magneto/Mystique truck scene.

However, a few fellow fans opened me up to the important concept of believability. I agree with you. There's no way Magneto could keep Raven with him. It would never work. I just wish he'd let her down easily.

In my M/M fic (which is coming, I swear) I justify Erik's actions by the idea that Erik thinks it would hurt Raven more to be around other mutants who still have their powers. He thinks the earlier he tells her she can't be part of the Brotherhood, the easier it will be for her. His letting her go comes out crueller than he intended, because he was struggling to overcome his own emotional attachment to her. Or maybe I'm being too kind. Erik is a villian. He should be a little mean.
14th-Oct-2006 08:58 am (UTC)
The one thing I really love about the Erik abandoning Mystique scene (did I say love...?) was the looks on McKellen's face as he played the scene. He looked absolutely distraught and it just made it all feel so much more heart-wrenching. His beautiful Mystique had been poisoned by the Cure and I'm not sure he really knows how to deal with it - it perhaps never crossed his mind that it might happen. With his whole mind consumed by his personal vendetta against mankind, one can assume he's hardly thinking straight in that moment and that he can do nothing but walk away. It's perhaps the easiest option for him, though not the most noble, but it made my heart drop all the same. I've never felt so shocked by a moment in a film - at least, not for a long time.

I look forward to reading your fanfic about it. I'm trying to sort mine out, too, and get more of it written. I think you're right not to portray Erik as a villain, though - I mean, he is the "bad guy" on the piece (though arguably Stryker is in X2), but (as Stan Lee says of Magneto somewhere on the second X3 DVD disc), Erik's not really that bad a guy. "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions" is perhaps a saying most fitting to him. It's one reason I love Erik - because he's got so much jusitification for what he does.
17th-Oct-2006 04:59 am (UTC)
I agree with you on Ian's performance. He manages to look so shocked and taken aback your heart just goes out to him. It's a very intense scene and I remember being on the edge of my seat the first time I saw it.

Magneto becomes almost entirely a bad guy in X3. He rudely uses his fellow mutants as pawns at Alcatraz and I didn't like that. I was originally drawn to Magneto's character by how much he wasn't a villian, but a pessimistic realist whose previous emotional and psychological scarring deeply influenced his outlook on human nature and estranged him from his friendship with Xavier. His character is so rich. I hardly see him as a villian at all, but a victim whose intense need to protect other mutants from suffering the same fate causes him to act in ways he knows are ultimately wrong. He's the pragmatist to Xavier's idealism. So I have trouble portraying him as the evil villian of the peice, although occasionaly the story needs it. I prefer to make the mob, the crowd of scared humans, the evil ones in my stories.
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