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X2 Official Souvenir Magazine

The Iceman Cometh
Shawn Ashmore chills out as Bobby Drake - a.k.a Iceman - in X2.
- Anne Moore

X2 MAGAZINE: Were you excited when you found out there was going to be an X-Men 2?

SHAWN ASHMORE: I found out there was going to be a second movie before I knew, for sure, whether I was going to be in it. So I was kind of holding my breath, waiting to hear what was going to happen. But I was definitely excited when I found out I was going to be in it.

Why do you think the first movie connected with moviegoers and audiences the way it did?

I think the first movie was so successful, first of all, because there's already a fan base. And it was just kind of a fun idea, a good escape for people that weren't really into the comic book but could get into this idea of people [mutants] with problems having to fight and band together. It was an interesting concept, and worked really well, and everyone pulled it off. So I think that's basically why everyone went with it. It was a lot of fun, and it had a solid concept behind it.

How has Bobby Drake developed in X2?

I think Bobby's kind of evolved in the second movie. The character's become more comfortable with himself, maybe more comfortable with the school, and there's definitely more of a feeling of being part of the whole X-Men team. He's a normal kid at this school, where everyone is different, obviously, and everyone's dealing with their own kind of mutant abilities.

Is there a thing going on between Bobby and Rogue?

There's definitely a thing going on between Bobby and Rogue. You kind of see it spark in the first film and it's definitely continued in the second film. It's really cool.

Does Bobby sense that Rogue may have a crush on Logan [Wolverine] though?

There's some tension between Bobby and Logan. I don't think in a bad way, but there's definitely a sense of Rogue looking up to or having a crush on Logan. I don't think it bothers [Bobby] too much. It's nothing serious, but I think he might be a little jealous.

How important do you think it is to the audience to have Bryan Singer back, and the original cast?

It's probably really important to the fans in the audience that everyone is back, including Bryan, because it keep a consistency to a set of films like this. I just think that's important, as a movie viewer myself. If the style changes too much between films, or if all of a sudden characters are recast and they're totally different people, it takes you out of the reality of what you're watching. Bryan did such a great job the first time that it would be silly to have anybody else doing it.

What has it meant to you to be in the first movie, both professionally and personally?

Well, it's pretty cool to be recognized as a superhero. People walk up to you and say, 'Hey, Iceman.' It's just different. How many people can that, that people recognize them as a superhero and especially a cool superhero associate with the X-Men? I think that's neat. And it's definitely changed my professional career, because that's what people recognize me from. It's been a good project to be associated with, absolutely.

Can you give us a brief description of what the movie is about?

There's a lot of similar themes throughout that were in the first movie, the mutant resistance and the Brotherhood, and the conflict between humans and mutant. But basically there's an assassination attempt on the president, leading humans to panic again, and go against the mutants. It's leading up to a stand-off, between Stryker and Wolverine and the X-Men and Magneto and everybody. It comes up to this huge climax, where everyone's involved. It's really exciting, and there's lots of layers and lots of stuff going on.

Are the junior X-Men more important to this story than the last one?

Some of the younger X-kids are definitely more important. They're just being integrated into the team, not necessarily initiation, but everyone's kind of stepping up. It's the next generation of members of the team. The kids are important anyways because they're kind of a fresh hope. I think some of the older mutants and older humans are jaded, so these young kids have got fresh ideas towards tolerance and all that.

Tell us about Stryker.

Stryker's definitely the bad guy in this one. He's worked with the government developing weapons and stuff like that. Stryker has basically developed a way to control mutants and get them to do whatever he wants, leading other people to believe that they are responsible for their own actions, meaning, he's trying to turn people against mutants. He's turned everybody against our fellow X-Men.

What are some of the deeper themes and issues that the movie touches on?

Some themes that the film touches on, which are similar to the first, is just this whole idea of tolerance. There are mutants that you can see are definitely mutants, and ones you can't. You'll treat one person the same because they look the same [as you], but as soon as you find out there's something different about them there is discrimination, and it's ridiculous. To me, that's what it's about, this whole idea of discriminating for no reason and this misunderstanding between groups of people. I think it can be translated into what we see every day in race issues and religion. To me, that's what the deeper issues are.

Marvel / Transcript by Guinevere