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Matthew Vaughn Details Crazy Reason He Left X-Men: The Last Stand

Director Matthew Vaughn recently detailed the crazy reason he left X-Men: The Last Stand. This is definitely worth reading.

Director Matthew Vaughn recently detailed the crazy reason he left X-Men: The Last Stand. Honestly I hadn’t even known Vaughn was initially hired as the director of the third X-Men movie for Fox. Of course, as we all know, Vaughn went on to direct X-Men: First Class and frankly for me it was the best X-Men film from Fox. However, why did he pull out of X-Men: The Last Stand? Here is what Vaughn said when taling to THR recently.

“I went into one of the executives’ office and I saw an X3 script, and I immediately knew it was a lot fatter. I was like, ‘What the hell is this draft?’ He went, ‘Don’t worry about it,’ and I’m like, ‘No, no. I’m the director. I’m worrying about this draft,’” he recalled. “He wouldn’t tell me, so I grabbed it literally — it was like a crazy moment — opened the first page, and it said, ‘Africa. Storm. Kids dying of no water. She creates a thunderstorm and saves all these children.’”

Vaughn admitted he found it a “pretty cool idea,” but once he learned what was going to happen to the script, his relationship to the project soured. “[I went,] ‘What is this?’ [They said,] ‘Oh, it’s Halle Berry’s script. I went, ‘OK, because she hasn’t signed up yet.’ ‘But this is what she wants it to be, and once she signs up, we’ll throw it in the bin,’” the director said, recounting the executive’s response. “I was like, ‘Wow, you’re going to do that to an Oscar-winning actress who plays Storm? I’m out of here.’ So I quit at that point.”

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Wow is likely the most appropriate response to this one. So as you can see, the idea from Fox was to tell Berry the script would be one thing (feature her heavily) to get her to sign on. Then they would simply change the script back to the one they wished to shoot.

You absolutely suspect situations like this to happen in Hollywood. However, we rarely get such a candid description of the process as Vaughn provides here. That likely is helped by the fact Fox doesn’t exists anymore so they can’t black ball Vaughn.

Vaughn also talks a little about the Kick-Ass reboot he’s developing, but we will detail that out in a separate article. I absolutley loved Kick-Ass, less so the sequel, so a full reboot does seem intriguing. Especially when it is coming from the director of the first movie. I’ve always liked Vaughn as a director, despite me not being a huge fan of the Kingsman franchise. I’d love to see Vaughn get an MCU or DCU flick to direct for example. Though, he is pretty busy so perhaps he’s not interested in these opportunities?

What do you think of his comments as director Matthew Vaughn details the crazy reason he left X-Men: The Last Stand? Do you feel bad for Halle Berry? Could X-Men: The Last Stand have been a good movie with Vaughn at the helm? Thoughts below as always.

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