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X-Men star, Shawn Ashmore, wants to play Iceman as a gay character

2016-05-01
The List reports that Shawn Ashmore, 36, who plays Iceman in the X-Men movie franchise would like to play him as a gay character. In April 2015, Icemen came out in issue 40 of Marvel's All New X-Men comic book after Jean Grey reads his mind. Ashmore, who has played superhero Bobby Drake in four films is interested in playing the character as gay because it would send a positive message to LGBT people. He spoke to BANG showbiz and said, "I'm always interested in X-Men, it's always been such a huge part of my career and life to be honest." "What I think is interesting is that the X-Men have always been about diversity, it's the key message of the film. For the X-Men, what makes us different is what makes us great, so if Iceman or Bobby came out in a film I think it would stay very much on point and on message about what films are about." He continues saying that the previous films did establish him as having romantic relationships with Rogue and Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) So "it would have to be handled well to have that shift in his sexuality work for viewers. i think it could be really interesting." Ashmore explains how playing Iceman, from the age of 19, has helped him develop as a person and improve his acting. "I've grown up playing this character and what's great about the series is that traditionally every four or five years we've made a movie so it's been so nice to have distance from the character and go away and grow and mature as a person." Sadly we won't be able to see Ashmore in the upcoming X-Men:Apocalypse so we'll just have to patiently wait! More stories Zac Goldsmith Interview: I’d use my influence as Mayor of London to lobby for PrEP UKIP’s Peter Whittle: ‘I’d love to be London’s first openly gay Mayor’