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X-Men Mark the Spot
- Korin Miller

Two villains, two good guys and a comic-book store. Sounds like a movie.

The youngest stars of "X-Men: The Last Stand" -- Anna Paquin (Rogue), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Aaron Stanford (Pyro) and Dania Ramirez (Callisto) -- arrived at Georgetown's teeny Big Planet Comics Thursday afternoon amid shouts from the crowd of 50-plus of "We love you!" "Woo!" and "Oh. My. God!" to promote the newest flick in the "X-Men" series.

A rosy-cheeked Paquin wasn't taking questions, but her Oscar-less co-stars gladly chatted with us. "X-Men" first-timer Ramirez said she loved her role as feisty street warrior Callisto. "It's fun!" she said. "I've played the good girl, but I'd rather be a villain. It's a lot more interesting."

The Iceman proved to be surprisingly warm (not to mention hot). "What's up, man?" he asked a fan. "How're you doing?" He signed an autograph and told us, "It's been an interesting road. As an actor... it's cool to come back to the same role."

The 26-year-old has been with the film series since its inception and finally had to relinquish his superhero costume last year. "We don't get to keep them," he said with a sigh. "December 23, 2005, that was the last time I wore it. I'll remember that day forever."

An excited mom asked Ashmore to pose for a picture with her daughter. "Thanks!" she exclaimed and blurted out, "You're very cute!" (Can Icemen blush?) Total time the young X-Men were at the meet-and-greet: 10 minutes. That's all it takes to fight crime and placate the fans, dah-ling. "X-Men: The Last Stand" opens in theaters nationwide on May 26.

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