You might recognize Mexican-born actor Adan Canto as Dominic, the carefree bartender from ABC's Mixology whose charm, charisma, and swagger overwhelm anyone around him. But this summer, prepare to see Canto in an entirely different kick-ass light! The 32-year-old actor is joining the the star-studded cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past as mutant Sunspot.
Sunspot is a fellow Latino, born Roberto da Costa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Powered by the sun, Sunspot's power allow him to redirect absorbed solar energy. In addition to solar absorption, his mutant abilities include flight and super human capabilities. How cool is that?!
We spoke to Canto to get the scoop on what it was like playing Sunspot, which mutant power he'd want, and more. Check it out in our exclusive interview below:
You’re new to the X-Men movie franchise. What was it like coming on set for the first time?
I kind of tried to step away from myself because I didn’t want to be overwhelmed with it. I knew it was going to be over-the-top, and it was just going to be unlike anything else I have experienced. So I tried to keep my mind open and focus on the work because, I mean, it’s overwhelming in every good way. It’s extremely exciting to be involved in something like this. It really is and to have an opportunity to learn from these actors – these great people – I’ve always admired. So it was thrilling, and I just took it one step at a time.
Were you a huge X-Men fan from before – movies, comics, etc?
Yeah, I definitely was a fan. I followed all the films since 2000, and I used to read some comics when I was a kid. But then I just couldn’t stop moving. I loved to run around, so I couldn’t get myself to sit down and read comics, and eventually I just stopped reading them. And I guess I just followed through with the movies.
Okay. So you play Sunspot and that’s an awesome character! What would you say defines him as a human? As a mutant?
As a human, I guess it’s the need of wanting to reassure that the world is actually a fair place, a good place. That’s what he fights for I guess -- for justice and for things to be as they should – as a human being. Then as a mutant, I guess, what defines him is that when he sees that the world isn’t the way he wants it to be…there’s a lot of rage there, hence the fire. He explodes, but he definitely knows how to channel these energies.
Do you have a favorite scene?
Well, as a spectator, I enjoyed a couple of things from the ‘70s. It was amazing how they were able to bring it about again. It was impeccable!