To earn a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, a film needs to scale back its violence and foul language. However, a PG-13 rating has some flexibility, in that a film has the opportunity to drop the F-bomb -- but only once. Fox's X-Men films have taken advantage of that technicality in several films, but Dark Phoenix gave its one and only F-bomb to a surprising character: Scott Summers, aka Cyclops. During an interview with CBR, Tye Sheridan reacted to his character's big line.
"Good. Feels good. I liked the way it really feels," Sheridan shared, with an added emphasis on the "F."
"He really enunciated it, lots of passion behind it," agreed Alexandra Shipp, who plays Storm. "Plus, it's Scott, so you're kind of like, 'Oooh!' He's a good guy, and he used a bad word! You never get an F-word in."
"I'll try to sneak one in," Quicksilver actor Evan Peters added.
"Everyone does! I want you to know that everyone lowkey is like, 'Fuck!'" Shipp explained. "We're trying to get as many in as we possibly can, because we know we only get one -- but Tye got it."
The trio weighed in on what it was like to work as a team in the film. "I think it's fun being able to work as a team because we are all so specifically individual and to kind of see how all our powers can add to the greater good or whatever mission we're on. It's cool!" Shipp shared. "You haven't seen that, and you kind of don't see that afterwards, so it's fun to see how we all look and feel as a team."
"It is really fun to watch. That's like my favorite part, picking up where another one left off," Peters pitched in.
"You've gotta tip your hat to Simon Kinberg. I think these characters are specifically unique, and to moderate that in a film where you have -- how many X-Men are in this movie? It's not easy, but I think the way it's orchestrated and even some of these battles and some of the character development and some of the relationships that they had, it's all really, really meticulous. So yeah, Simon Kinberg!" Sheridan said, to which Shipp added, "Thanks, buddy!"
Peters also revealed that the train sequence is his favorite scene from the movie, despite not appearing in it himself: "I like the train sequence at the very end. I think it's pretty spectacular. It's very contained, but explosive, and there's a lot of hand-to-hand combat as well, mixed with superpowers, which I found incredible to watch."
"Your character gets his legs broken all the time!" Shipp pointed out.
"Yeah, it's kind of a running theme," Peters agreed.
"Does that suck after a while?" she asked.
"It's the only way to take him down!" he insisted, and she acquiesced with, "Touche."
Directed and written by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Holt, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain. The film is out in theaters now.