We’re Not in Westchester Anymore, Toto: X-Men Movie Confuses Westchester with England
X-Men: First Class takes place in Westchester County, New York. But you wouldn’t know it, based on the architecture
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Instead of the stately Colonials and sprawling horse farms, we’re confronted with this enormous manse with spires and pyramid-shaped topiary that you’re more likely to see in England. (Actually, Architectural Digest reveals that the stand-in for the X-Mansion is actually the Englefield House, an Elizabethan manor in Berkshire, England.) Sure, we have some big houses here. But I’ve checked the Houlihan Lawrence listings for North Salem: While one abode described itself as English-style, there are no Elizabethan manors for sale. Add that to the fact that James McAvoy — otherwise a wonderful Professor X — speaks with a charming British accent and attends Oxford University, the movie gives the overall impression that Westchester is in England. Thumbs down!
Oh well. There go my dreams of Professor X drawing new mutants to his school by taking them sailing on the Long Island Sound and promising them trips to Playland.