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Hollywood Welcomes RX-8 in Next X-Men Movie
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MAZDA ROTARY POWER HITS HOLLYWOOD, FORMS CARS INTO SUPERHEROES
- Tinsel Town Welcomes RX-8 in Next X-Men Movie -
LOS ANGELES - Just a stone's throw from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the back lots of Twentieth Century Fox, a new movie superhero lurks in the shadows of the Los Angeles Convention Center. There's no cape and no mask�just four wheels, a rotary-powered engine and a ton of Mazda muscle.
When X2, the next X-Men film, hits movie theaters in May, audiences will catch their first glimpse of the Mazda RX-8 X-Men Car on the big screen alongside Hugh Jackman and Oscar-winner Halle Berry. However, the vehicle gets its own in-person premiere this week at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show.
In true superhero fashion, the aggressively styled Mazda RX-8 X-Men Car, based on the production model 2004 Mazda RX-8, possesses its own unique super power-in this case, a Renesis 13B water-cooled engine. In addition, its dominant presence is accentuated by an impenetrable Mutant Blue exterior which includes an X-shaped grille, a fierce rear spoiler and an enlarged trademark "X" on the vehicle's nameplate.
On the inside, the Mazda RX-8 X-Men Car is trimmed in imposing silver and black shades, including the door trim, seats and steering wheel. A communication device is prominently displayed on the upper center console.
X2 director Brian Singer worked closely with Mazda on the RX-8 X-Men Car in a unique collaboration to bring the Mazda RX-8, the company's brand icon, to the big screen with a starring role in the film. Singer revised the movie's original script to accommodate the vehicle.
Mazda Motor Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox teamed on the production and are working together to develop promotions to support the film's release.
X-MEN HEROES RETURN TO BIG SCREEN IN HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FOLLOW-UP MOVIE
-X2 Scheduled for May Release-
LOS ANGELES - With futuristic gadgetry and the latest in movie special effects, along with big-budget sets, amazing costumes, a cast of Hollywood notables and one heck of a car, X2, the follow-up to the highly popular 2000 motion picture X-Men, is bound for box-office success.
Twentieth Century Fox's X2, directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, Apt Pupil, The Usual Suspects) and scheduled to be released on May 2, features an all-star cast, including Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.
The movie continues the saga of the characters made famous in the X-Men comics. In the 2003 follow-up, the X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.
X2 also brings the soon-to-be-released Mazda RX-8 sports car to the big screen as the character Cyclops' Mazda RX-8 X-Men Car. It has been painted in Mutant Blue and features aggressive styling, a space-age interior and its trademark rotary engine.
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