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Ratner Answers X-Men 3: The Last Stand

Published March 9, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of New Line Cinema
Brett Ratner- Rush Hour 2 Brett Ratner on the set of Rush Hour 2.
Brett Ratner has put himself in a delicate situation. With so much hype and anticipation revolving around X-Men 3: The Last Stand it looks like the director only has two ways to go. Depending on the outcome of the film, Brett Ratner will either be the guy who saved the X-Men trilogy started beautifully by Bryan Singer or as the director who went down with the ship.

After all the bumps in the road that the X3 production had hit, we couldn't put all the blame on Ratner; especially since he was the last round of the whole director roulette put on over at 20th Century Fox. Ratner was originally working on the sequel Rush Hour 3 but, after many delays including those from Chris Tucker himself, Ratner was able to put the project on hold in order to jump on this finaly mutant installment.

Did he take a risk? Some may say so, but it looks like this risk may actually pay off-- to the relief of millions of fans. With every new update from the set of X-Men 3 we have been reassured that things were back on track. The teaser trailer looked solid, the full trailer looks incredible and, during the middle of last month, Ratner had no problem coming out and raving about the film with confidence.

We have had no early screenings yet, but we are crossing our fingers that those turn out good as well.

For the time being, Brett Ratner has shown his mug again and answered the latest questions on X-Men 3: The Last Stand.

Brett Ratner on X-Men 3

EW recently caught up with Brett Ratner and drilled the young director with questions from the production of X3 and how the 'Ratner Effect' will influence the film.

Is it true that you were offered the first X-Men?
I was interested in it. I thought Bryan [Singer, director of the first two X-Men films] did a brilliant job of interpreting the comic. People take it for granted. There are things in comics that you have to interpret and visualize for the big screen. Dark Phoenix, for instance, is blowing up planets and galaxies. How do you show her power visually in the film medium? Bryan did a brilliant job of interpreting what existed in the comics, taking all that information and really doing a great visual interpretation of the movie. If you give the same comic to 10 different directors, you'll get 10 different movies. But going through the other two movies, I really understood why he made certain decisions, and they made a lot of sense.

Did you have any input into the script or make any changes?
Oh, yeah. What I didn't change was the plot. The plot of this movie, in my opinion — the concepts of ''The Cure'' and the Dark Phoenix — is brilliant. What I changed were set pieces, the location of where the third act would take place, for example. Every day we were working on making the script better and when I say ''script,'' I mean the relationships among the characters and the placement of the scenes because I'm very much into transitions.

20th Century Fox still owes us a full one-sheet for X3 plus a few promotional images and clips, which we assume should be on the way by next month.

For the entire report with Brett Ratner, head over to EW.

X-Men 3 comes to theatres on May 26th.

For the trailers, latest rumors, posters, movie stills, scoops, set pics, movie info and synopsis, go to the X-Men 3 Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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