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X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

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X-MEN: THE LAST STAND reunites the stars of the first two X-Men films: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, a solitary fighting machine who possesses amazing healing powers, retractable adamantium claws and an animal-like fury; Halle Berry as Storm, who can manipulate all forms of weather – and fly; Ian McKellen as Magneto, a powerful mutant who can control and manipulate metal; Patrick Stewart as Xavier, a telepath and the founder and leader of the X-Men; Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, a mutant with incalculably powerful telekinetic and telepathic abilities; Anna Paquin as Rogue, who absorbs the powers and threatens the life of anyone she touches; Rebecca Romijn as the shape-shifting Mystique; James Marsden as Cyclops, whose eyes release an energy beam that can rip holes through mountains; and Shawn Ashmore as Iceman, who can lower his body temperature and radiate intense cold.

Also reprising their "X2” roles are Aaron Stanford as fire-manipulator Pyro and Daniel Cudmore as Colossus, who can change his flesh into organic steel.

Kelsey Grammer joins the X-MEN: THE LAST STAND cast as one of the "X-Men” universe's most beloved characters: Dr. Henry McCoy, also known as Beast.

McCoy is a highly intelligent geneticist, a mutant endowed with superhuman agility and physical prowess. As the subject of one of his own experiments, McCoy mutated further, growing blue, bestial fur.

Brett Ratner, who established a motion picture franchise with "Rush Hour,” and expanded the "Silence of the Lambs” franchise with "Red Dragon,” directs.

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND stays true to the tone and story arcs of "X-Men” and "X2,” while expanding the characters, continuing the balance between spectacle and reality, and, especially, deepening the emotion and relationships.

In doing so, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND raises issues that resonate today: Is conformity an antidote to prejudice? Is it cowardice to give up individuality to fit in and avoid persecution? Is the personal right to choose inviolate? Is great power a blessing or a curse?

The actors agree that X-MEN: THE LAST STAND is the most ambitious work of the trilogy. "This film is richer from start to finish,” says Patrick Stewart. "It'll get you worked up – and it should! It has an intriguing hook that gets you involved immediately and emotionally with the characters.”

The cure storyline takes the film series' underlying theme of alienation to its fullest extension. It is an issue that struck close to home for the actors.

"The cure is the real villain of the story,” says Halle Berry. "It's an issue I've struggled with my entire life. When I was a child, I felt that if only I could change myself, my life would be better. As I've gotten older, I've come to terms with what utter nonsense that is, and this movie adds light to that dark subject.”

The cure ignites Magneto, allowing him to emerge from hiding, amass an army, and initiate a mutant revolution, the likes of which have not been seen before. Magneto and his minions want to eliminate the cure and anyone – mutant or human – who supports it.

"Magneto says to his followers, ‘Nobody is going to cure us; we are the cure!'” relates Ian McKellen. The idea of eradicating that which sets individuals apart from the majority is anathema to the distinguished British actor, just as it is to his on-screen character. "It's abhorrent to me, as it would be if a person said I need curing of my sexuality, or if someone said that black people could take a pill that would ‘cure' them of being black.”

Jackman points out that this issue and the conflicts that ensue are "intrinsically massive” for the X-Men. The actor highlights the complexities of mutant life. "There's another side of it to explore,” he explains. "Look at Rogue, for example. Her abilities [to absorb the powers of other mutants, which can result in death] are amazing, yet she lives a very lon

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