X-Men Movie Swings and Misses on D.C. Baseball History (Video)
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — If you want to see RFK Stadium being forcefully dismantled, all you have to do is pay to see “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opening in theaters nationwide on Friday, or watch the teaser trailer which has been online for months.
In one particular scene in the film, Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender, can be seen standing in the infield of the baseball diamond, between second base and third, as the foul lines are being freshly painted by a groundskeeper.
Moments later, Magneto dismantles the entire stadium using his metal-manipulating superpower, or whatever.
There’s only one problem.
A continuity flaw, really.
The film is set in the year 1973, two years after the Washington Senators had already moved to Arlington, Texas to become the Texas Rangers.
D.C. no longer had a baseball team.
The stadium’s only tenant at the time was the Washington Redskins.
Entertainment reporter Kevin McCarthy, of WTTG-TV (Fox 5), sat down with the stars of the film, James McAvoy (Charles Xavier) and Fassbender, and asked about how the scene at the historic D.C. landmark was filmed.
Unfortunately, their response quickly devolved into one long, seemingly inside phallic joke.
“I live in D.C., so I gotta ask you: When you destroy RFK Stadium, like you do in the movie, how does that look for you on set?” McCarthy asked. “When you’re in the middle of the stadium lifting everything up, like does it give you points to look at? Like green screen? What do you see?”
“I see a stadium, all around me,” Fassbender said dramatically. “Can’t you?”
“I just, yea, there’s certain areas when you look,” he added after stumbling through lafter.
“And certain areas that you just don’t look, if you’re a gentleman,” McAvoy chimed in, further derailing the response.
“So yea, that’s it,” Fassbender said. “I was standing in an empty field.”
McCarthy’s interview aired during Fox 5’s Thursday morning broadcast. Credit in-studio anchor Steve Chenevey for recognizing the film’s subtle continuity flaw.
Here’s their conversation immediately following the airing of the interview, via Fox 5 News Morning:
“So that was supposed to be in 1973?” Chenevey asked.
“Right,” McCarthy said.
“They didn’t play baseball in 1973, though, at RFK Stadium,” Chenevey noted.
“Oh. Oh,” McCarthy, notably not a sports fan, acknowledged.
“Because the Senators left in ’71,” Chenevey said.
“Did they make a mistake?” McCarthy asked.
“Well it was a football stadium then,” Chenevey filled in the gaps. “I mean it looks like this was from when the Nationals maybe first started there.”
“Eh. Don’t know,” McCarthy said.
“But there wasn’t a baseball team there,” Chenevey said.
“That is actually 1973 in the film, so maybe they just took artistic liberties, I’m assuming.” McCarthy conceded.
Watch the full Fox 5 segment (interview included) below.
(You can watch the scene with RFK crumbling over at DC Sports Bog.)