Evan Peters is doing coast-to-coast Comic Cons this week, San Diego to Tampa Bay with an extended layover in New Orleans, filming his fourth season of the FX series American Horror Story.
Busy guy. What else would you expect from the one but not the only Quicksilver, the teenage mutant who literally ran away with the latest X-Men movie?
American Horror Story is the reason for his Comic Con visits but Peters, 26, can expect as much attention for one scene in the recent hit X-Men: Days of Future Past. It's one of this summer's more imaginative sequences, 97 seconds of action comedy set ironically to Jim Croce's drowsy ballad Time in a Bottle, with Quicksilver racing in super slo-mo around a hazardous confrontation, rearranging bullet paths and setting up attackers to knock themselves out.
Round one of an impending showdown for Quicksilver superiority clearly goes to Peters.
Expect Peters to be diverted by Comic Con handlers from discussing much else than American Horror Story, resuming in October. This season has a Florida theme, despite being produced in Louisiana, where a solid production incentives program exists. Subtitled Freak Show, the season is set in a community akin to Gibsonton, where past and present carnival workers reside.
Last weekend in San Diego, Peters' role was confirmed as Jimmy Darling, son of the show's owner (Kathy Bates) and strongman (Michael Chiklis, a new addition to Ryan Murphy's recurring cast). Plot details are guarded, but if Peters' previous AHS roles are any indication — a kinky sociopath, an asylum inmate and a dead, reanimated frat boy — the going will get weird.
See what you can squeeze out of him this weekend, and keep an eye out for his AHS co-star and fiance Emma Roberts, who might make the trip to Tampa with him.
Steve Persall, Times movie critic