OnlyOnAOL: Evan Peters, who's Quicksilver in 'X-Men,' goes on the run

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James McAvoy, Evan Peters, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan And Lana Condor On "X-Men: Apocalypse"

By: Donna Freydkin

You know him as Quicksilver, the mutant with super-speed, from the "X-Men" comics.

Evan Peters plays the character, who has a major set piece in "X-Men: Apocalypse," opening Friday; this time it pits Apocalypse, risen from the dead and seemingly unstoppable, and his crew against the good mutants who side with Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy). And lest you wonder what it takes to create those dazzling action scenes, Peters breaks it down for you.

"It can be difficult to shoot those sequences. It took 17 days for two minutes of film," says Peters, adding that the end result was "pretty amazing."

His goal, and that of director Bryan Singer, was to match and outdo the pizzazz of the sensational kitchen sequence from "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which left utensils suspended in air while Quicksilver raced around saving his friends.

"This time they wrote one similar to that one but bigger and harder to do. I was hoping that it would be just as good. You don't want to let down the fans," says Peters.

In fact, he's one of the series' standouts. The actor broke out as merciless killer Tate Langdon in the first season of the FX anthology "American Horror Story." He's also co-starred in the horror film "The Lazarus Effect," about bringing the dead back to life, and played Dwight Chapin, Richard Nixon's deputy assistant, in "Elvis & Nixon."

He approaches the scope of the "X-Men" films the same way he does smaller projects, by focusing on the character. "I just come in there and try to have fun with it. I try not to screw it up basically. I'm still trying to figure out if I do anything more than that," he says.

He also reconnects with his inner toddler. "When you're a kid, you want to be a superhero, so you just channel that inner child. Basically, pretend that you can run fast. It's really fun. That's how I approach it," he says.

Does he ever dwell on the expectations surrounding this latest film? Sure, it's only human.

"It's hard. I get very nervous. I don't want to screw it up. It's a fine line. You care but you can't care so much that it freezes you. You have to let that go. Everyone wants to make the best film that they can," says Peters.

At least this time, he has it relatively easy compared to Apocalypse, the immortal mega-mutant played by the immensely gifted Oscar Isaac in full costume.

"Oh my god, Oscar had it the worst this year. He was pretty much in full makeup and wardrobe the whole time, and a 50-pound suit. Four hours of makeup. It was pretty extensive," says Peters.

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OnlyOnAOL: Evan Peters, who's Quicksilver in 'X-Men,' goes on the run
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Global Fan Screening at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Global Fan Screening at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Oscar Isaac attends a Global Fan Screening of 'X-Men Apocalypse' at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Olivia Munn attends the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Global Fan Screening at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: James McAvoy attends a Global Fan Screening of 'X-Men Apocalypse' at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy attend a Global Fan Screening of 'X-Men Apocalypse' at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Sophie Turner attends the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Global Fan Screening at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Emma Miller attends the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Global Fan Screening at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Ben Hardy attends the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Global Fan Screening at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 9: Lana Condor attends a Global Fan Screening of 'X-Men Apocalypse' at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: David Furnish attends the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Global Fan Screening at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 9: Alexandra Shipp attends a Global Fan Screening of 'X-Men Apocalypse' at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England.. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: John Ottman attends the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Global Fan Screening at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Carla Steel attends the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Global Fan Screening at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Ben Hardy attends the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Global Fan Screening at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Lana Condor, Carloina Bartczac, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner and Alexandra Shipp attend a Global Fan Screening of 'X-Men: Apocalypse' at the BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 9: Carolina Bartczak attends a Global Fan Screening of 'X-Men Apocalypse' at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Tye Sheridan attends a Global Fan Screening of 'X-Men Apocalypse' at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Hutch Parker attends a Global Fan Screening of 'X-Men Apocalypse' at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: David Furnish attends a Global Fan Screening of 'X-Men Apocalypse' at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Tomas Lemarquis attends a Global Fan Screening of 'X-Men Apocalypse' at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Evan Peters attends the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Global Fan Screening at BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
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