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
By Marisa LaScala
Young Charles Xavier (left) and Erik Lehnsherr before they assume their alter-egos, Professor X and Magneto. Don’t they realize they’re in the wrong town? (Who plays chess in Westchester, anyway?)
Photographs by Murray Close. ™ and © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved
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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.
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