The hip-hop star/producer is still coming to terms with the role. He tells MTV News, “That’s cool! I don’t mean to toot my own flute, but toot-a-toot-toot!”
He will play teleporting mutant John Wraith, aka Kestrel, in the new film.
Will.i.am admits he was stunned to get the part after arguing with the casting director in the middle of his audition: “They asked me if I knew about X-Men. I was like, ‘Pssh, I know X-Men.’
“They were like, ‘Yeah, you know, you’re gonna play a teleporter.’ And I was like, ‘You mean like Night Crawler?’ ‘Night Crawler wasn’t a teleporter.’ ‘Yes, he was a teleporter! The dude was a teleporter! He would be on the walls, and he was in the presidential office disappearing and people couldn’t really hit him. He was, like, disappearing, poof poof.’
“I was like, ‘Yo, I’m telling you, homey.’ I’m a fan of X-Men.”
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