Charlize Theron declined the possibility to play mutant superhero Jean Grey in X-Men.
The film’s executive producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, along with screenwriter David Hayter, celebrated the 20 th anniversary of the hit 2000 film in an interview with Observer, and exposed a couple of tricks from behind the scenes.
While Russell Crowe notoriously turned down the function of Wolverine, causing Hugh Jackman landing the desired gig instead, Hayter revealed that not just did Oscar winner Theron decrease a part in the flick, but Patrick Stewart was also in doubt.
Recalling how he and director Bryan Singer flew out to Vancouver in Canada to offer the Beast star the function of Jean Grey, which she ultimately passed on, Hayter stated that Stewart, who depicted wheelchair-bound Teacher Charles Xavier, was likewise unwilling to sign on.
” Patrick Stewart didn’t wish to. It took a very long time to convince him,” he shared. “Terence Stamp informed me, ‘You know why Patrick doesn’t wish to do it? Due to the fact that of the chair. He doesn’t wish to be stuck in the chair. I do not mind. I also look excellent bald.'”
There was likewise plenty of interest from stars who wanted to be associated with the film.
” I have lots of warm memories of individuals that can be found in wanting to be in the motion picture,” Winter remembered. “Michael Jackson was a huge comic fan and wished to play Charles Xavier. Shaquille O’Neal showed up at the offices and wished to play Forge, who wasn’t in the motion picture.”
” Everyday I was shocked by the faces being available in. Like, I ‘d find Mariah Carey sitting in my workplace wishing to go speak to Bryan about being Storm or something. So that’s constantly stunning,” Hayter added.
Famke Janssen eventually landed the part of Jean Grey and went on to play the telepathic and telekinetic mutant in 4 X-Men films and 2013’s The Wolverine.