He plays the superfast mutant Quicksilver in ''X-Men: Days of Future Past'' and in one thrill ride of a scene, the 27-year-old runs off — speedily, of course — with the movie

By Tim Stack
May 23, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Evan Peters can thank his performance on FX’s American Horror Story for landing him the Quicksilver part in X-Men: Days of Future Past. ”[Director] Bryan Singer was a fan of AHS and called me and offered me the role,” says the actor, who will return this fall for a fourth season of the anthology series. ”I was in complete shock, like, ‘Do you have the right Evan?”’ In Past, witty teenage Quicksilver, who moves so fast that everything else happens in slow motion, is tasked with breaking Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) out of a seemingly impenetrable Pentagon prison. This leads to the movie’s most dazzling sequence: Quicksilver speeding across the walls of a room, rearranging the firearms of multiple unmoving guards. (The elaborate set piece was filmed with a Phantom camera, which records in super slo-mo.) ”A lot of it is shot with guys frozen in time, like doing a mannequin pose, and then me running around them,” says Peters. Since the film required so much sprinting, the actor looked to a big-screen role model for pointers. ”I always go to Tom Cruise,” he says. ”It’s ungodly how fast he’s running [in movies]. So I watched a little Cruise action.”