'X-Men: First Class' Actor Edi Gathegi On Darwin's 'Reactive Adaptation'

Edi GathegiFor actor Edi Gathegi, playing Darwin in the upcoming “X-Men: First Class” movie is like fulfilling a childhood dream. He’s been a fan of the franchise since he was a boy.

In an interview with the Italian website Comicus, he was happy to talk about his character and his love for all things “X-Men.”

“I was a major X-Men fan as a youth,” he revealed. “I'd wake up every Saturday morning with my bowl of cereal glued to the tv screen enjoying my favorite comic brought to life as a cartoon.”

He described his character for people less familiar with Darwin, talking about the mutant’s skill at "reactive adaptation."

“If I fall from a building my bones turn to rubber," he explained. "Or if the lights go out I have perfect vision in the pitch black. Or if I happen to get catapulted into outer space, my body no longer requires oxygen. That sort of thing. And the list is as extensive as the need to survive.”

Impressive as that might sound, Gathegi still insists Darwin is “more or less a regular guy.” And why is that? Well, he gets to avoid all the makeup that other characters like Mystique have to go through.

“[H]e isn't painted blue or anything,” the actor said. “So visual effects are specifically relegated to my use of powers not for my overall look. Makeup was virtually non-existent.”

Despite gushing about Darwin and “X-Men,” he knew when to keep his mouth shut about spoilers. When pressed about any differences between the movie Darwin and the Darwin of the comic books, he replied, “You’ll just have to wait and see.”

“X-Men: First Class” will be released on June 3.

Does Gathegi’s interview get you excited about the new movie? Do you like the fact he’s a longtime “X-Men” fan brought into the project? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!