in , , ,
- Advertisment -

“I was like a kid in a candy store”: The Last of Us Star Lamar Johnson Has No Grudges Against X-Men Movies for Deleting His Part After Leaving Fans Bawling With Latest Episode

“I was like a kid in a candy store”: The Last of Us Star Lamar Johnson Has No Grudges Against X-Men Movies for Deleting His Part After Leaving Fans Bawling With Latest Episode

The Last of Us episode five left the audience heartbroken and terrified. In this episode, the story pushes Joel and Ellie to their limits. They have to collaborate with a pair of brothers, Henry, played by Lamar Johnson, and Sam, played by Keivonn Woodard, who help Joel and Ellie to get out of the city. Sam is a comic geek, and Woodard would be elated to know that the person playing his big brother appeared in X-Men.

Lamar Johnson played a small part in X-Men

Henry and Sam in The Last of Us (2023-).
Henry and Sam in The Last of Us (2023-).

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lamar Johnson revealed that he was in one of the X-Men movies, unfortunately, his part was cut due to script changes. He recalled,

“I was supposed to be one of the new students at Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, but the movie just took a completely different direction and that just didn’t happen.”

Johnson played Ben Hammil, codename Match. Match, as his name suggests, has mastery over fire. He’s one of the numerous pyrokinetic characters in the X-Men universe, including Pyro (Aaron Stanford) and Sunspot (Adan Canto) in Days of Future Past. Match debuted in 2003 as a member of the New Mutants, created by authors Nunzio DeFilippis, and Christina Weir, and artist Carlo Barberi. He is still a recurring character in X-Men comic books, but not an A-lister.

X-Men : Dark Phoenix

Also Read: The Last of Us Episode 5’s Impressively Designed Bloater Suit Weighed 88 Pounds, Heavier Than Even Stranger Things’ Vecna Suit: ‘It would be very slimy and wet

Johnson’s Match only appears in an anonymous cameo in the final edit of Dark Phoenix while Xavier’s kids are enjoying a campfire on school grounds. Naturally, he adds some fuel to the fire. Johnson’s part was not the only section of Dark Phoenix that was changed – once the Fox/Disney merger was complete, this changed the film, placing it on the altar for sacrifice.

Lamar Johnson does not regret shooting the X-Men film

Lamar Johnson and Keivonn Woodard 46c7aee scaled
Lamar Johnson

Johnson’s solo appearance in the bonfire scene also features mutant pop-star Dazzler (Halston Sage), who exploits her control over the light in her performances. Dazzler initially appeared in the comic Dark Phoenix Saga, therefore her inclusion in the film might be a tribute to that. Her arrival, however, goes unnoticed, she is never named, and she does not emerge again.

Also Read: “Glad my daughter quit gymnastics”: The Last of Us Episode 5 Left Fans Traumatized After Horrifying Child Clickers to Showcase HBO Adaptation’s Insane Brutality

Dazzler, like Match, was most likely part of the new generation of X-Men students tasked with carrying the flame forward. According to The Hollywood Reporter, at least one Fox official recognized during the filming of Dark Phoenix that they were creating the final X-Men film. So, why bother featuring fresh characters?

“It was a lot of fun, though, being able to see the school and to see how they shoot the film. I got to meet Jennifer Lawrence and Alexandra Shipp and James McAvoy and the full cast. I was like a kid in a candy store, especially growing up watching ‘X-Men’ and being a fan of the ‘X-Men’ comics.”

Also Read: “They’ll replace me as a human being”: The Last of Us Star Pedro Pascal Fears for His Life for Spoiling The Mandalorian, Claims Disney Will Make Him Disappear

Even though Johnson’s career in superhero movies was cut short, The Last of Us might give him another chance. Specially with DC reinventing itself and Marvel constantly expanding it’s universe, looking for young actors to take the torch from The Avengers.

The Last of Us is airing weekly on HBO Max.

Source: EW 

Written by Pragya Sancheti

Currently a college student with big aspirations and a ton of assignment. Pursuing Bachelors in Mass Communication and Videography from St. Xavier's. Movies and Pop-culture get me through life.