Long before fans were introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The X-Men films were what made nerds flock to the theater around the turn of the century and during the early 2000s. We learn today that the first film in the franchise had some pretty strange rules for the actors. X-Men comic books were not allowed on the set. Director Bryan Singer forbid the actors to have the books anywhere around the production.
Hugh Jackman, who played the character of Wolverine for roughly two decades recently spoke with MTV News and talked about how the source material for the film was considered “contraband” on the set. You can check out everything Jackman had to say below.
“By the way, comic books were banned on the set. Because Bryan Singer had this thing that people would think – he really wanted to take comic book characters seriously as real, three-dimensional characters. And he’d go, ‘People who don’t understand these comics might think they’re two-dimensional.’ So no one was allowed. It was like contraband. I’d never read X-Men, so people were [slipping] them under my door, I’m having a look, I’m reading these things. I’m looking and going, ‘These are brilliant, look at the physicality!’”
“I would go into [eventual Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige‘s office, and it was wall-to-wall – not only comics all over the wall, like posters, but about 600 figurines of different characters. And I’d be like, ‘What should I read? You’ve gotta read this one. And you’ve gotta read the Japan. And you’ve gotta read the origins.’ So he was slipping me stuff, and we’ve stayed friends ever since.”
Not that I would recommend intentionally disobeying a director’s rule in this manner, but kudos to Feige and whoever the unnamed people were sneaking comics to Jackman. I understand where Singer was coming from, but if he wanted to focus more on the character aspect, one would think the comics would helpt he actors better understand the characters they were portraying.
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Source: MTV News