Way back in 2003, Daniel Cudmore made his debut in the X-Men series as Colossus in X-Men 2. His quick appearance was one of those “Oh snap, that guy in the black suit was (add your favorite X-Man who didn’t have a leading role). I knew that was him” moments that us we’ve grown accustomed to in the superhero movie genre.
Today, Cudmore returns in the latest installment of the X-Men saga, X-Men: Days of Future Past. We spoke with him about returning for the role again, his favorite rap artists to listen to when he’s getting it in the gym (he didn’t win the Colossus role for sitting on his ass, eating Oreos all day) and asked him if todays biggest rappers and athletes had super powers, what would they be and who’s side would they take: Professor X’s or Magneto’s?
Daniel, thanks for talking to us. Love the series. So it’s a little over a decade later and you’re still bringing the character of Colossus to life. What’s it like playing the role?
I got the role back in 2002 and it was the real the first big thing I ever book. Fast forward to now and I got that call again. This is a character I dig. I’ve fallen in love with him and want to see him grow. It’s great playing him, this is truly a dream.
Word. I mean, it’s a physical role. You played rugby back in your younger years though, so the action scenes aren’t that hard for you, right?
I’m really a jack of all trades. I played every sport under the sun, growing up. Understanding the physicality of things for roles is good and it helps that I have the right build. I do a lot of my own action stuff and taking hits without hurting myself is a great thing.
Who are you listening to when you want to get pumped for the gym? Is there there anyone who gets you psyched before shooting?
Man, I’m all over the place. I don’t listen to music before shooting on set, but before the gym I’ll go to hip hop, electronic or [heavy] metal. It’s all about the mood I’m in. Lately, Im into Wiz [Khalifa], Drake and I’m happy Eminem made a comeback. I’ll throw in some Atmosphere every once in a while, some Wale and then, of course, Jay Z and Kanye.
That’s dope. OK, so I want to play a game. I’ll name an athlete or a rapper and I want you to tell us what his power would be and who’s side he’d be on, Professor X’s or Magneto’s. Let’s start with Jay Z.
He’s running the show, so I think he’d have the super power of being in a million places at once. I think he’d go with Magneto, I just feel like he’d get more things done on that side.
His power would have to be flight because he can already jump out the gym. (Laughs) He’s got some super human powers already. He’s too nice of a guy to be anything but an X-Man.
He seems to wear about 40 different hats, no pun intended (laughs). He’d have powers like Mystique and become anybody. He’s mild tempered but he’s too quiet. I think he’d be with Magneto, he’s a little sneaky.
Kobe would be able to turn into a snake and shoot venom. He’d strike attack as the Black Mamba. Definitely on Magneto’s side.
He’d be able to read people’s minds and control people’s thoughts. He’s really cerebral. I think he’d be on Professor X’s side, but eventually they’d clash and part ways.
He would have eight legs that no one knows about and have super speed. I think he’d be with Professor X because he still hans’t learned how to ultimately use his super powers.
And finally, Kevin Durant.
Oh, he’d be like Dhalsim from the video game Street Fighter. His arms and legs could stretch for miles. And we all saw his speech, he’s way too nice of a guy to be with anyone other than Professor X.
Catch Daniel and the rest of your favorite mutants in X-Men: Days of Future Past in theaters today, May 23rd.