X-Men writer David Hayter has commented on the issues the film's creative team went through in bringing the mutant team to the big screen.
First, remember that the movie X Men It debuted when the superhero genre was still not as popular as it is today. While is true that Batman and Superman they had good movies, Marvel I had not exploited film adaptations adequately. So when producing X-Men they ran into some issues mostly related to budget and actors who wanted them to play the most iconic mutants.
FOX had a fairly tight budget for the X-Men movie, so they scrapped an action sequence set in the Danger Room, as well as scenes of Wolverine battling Magneto over a series of moving buses and Iceman freezing a entire room of people during your introductory scene.
"We had to reach out to fans of the X-Men comics, but we also had to expand it for others," he explained. David Hayter, referring to why the characters didn't have the costumes from the comics. "We even made a joke about the yellow spandex suits because we knew what the fans wanted. But to justify a $ 75 million budget, we had to expand it to be able to explain and lay the foundations for comic fans and movie fans in general. ”
Before filming began, the studio needed to find the cast.
No one expected actors to be fighting for a role in X-Men. "I have a lot of warm memories of people who came wanting to be in the movie," recalls executive producer Ralph Winter. "Michael Jackson was a huge fan of comics and wanted to play Charles Xavier. Shaquille O’Neal appeared in the offices and wanted to play Forge, who was not in the movie. ”
Director Bryan Singer and Hayter flew to Vancouver to offer Charlize Theron the role of Jean Gray, but she said no to the X-Men. While Terrence Stamp (Superman, Hidden Fate) pushed hard for a chance to become Professor X.
"Patrick Stewart did not want to play Charles Xavier of the X-Men. It took a long time to convince him, ”Hayter recalls. "Terence Stamp said to me," Do you know why Patrick doesn't want to do it? Because of the chair. You don't want to be trapped in the chair. But I dont care. In fact, I also look excellent "Calvo". Every day I was surprised by the faces that entered. Like, finding Mariah Carey sitting in my office wanting to talk to Bryan about being a Storm or something. That is always shocking. "
Now it's up to Marvel Studios to reset the X-Men mutants. Surely the budget will not be a problem and there will also be many actors who will want to play these famous characters from the comics.
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