Speaking to the Irish newspaper The Independent, the actor who played evil mutant Azazel in 2011’s X-Men: First Class, that he won’t be back for the the next installment of the franchise scheduled to start shooting later this spring but he’s not too broken up by that.
I don’t think I will be back. Initially I was gutted, but then, I remembered I had to get up at two in the morning, I had to be painted red and be slightly out of focus and posed a lot, and that was sort of it. Now I don’t have to do that.
When the film does start shooting, director Bryan Singer will be welcoming James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence and former X-Men cast members Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen to the set.