In 2000, Michael Jackson fought tooth and nail to become Charles Xavier in the first X-Men movie.
One of the films that defined the current direction of Marvel in the cinema was X-Men from the year 2000, which became one of the most important films of The House of Ideas in the 21st Century, and it was sought to add Michael Jackson.
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This film starred Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, Ian McKellen as Magneto, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Halle Berry as Storm.
As in SMASH we reported it to you on the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of X-Men, the cast of this film sought to add consolidated figures such as Mariah Carey, basketball player Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jackson.
The King of Pop went out of his way to convince Brian Synger and Lauren Shuler Donner, whom Jackson met with, to let him play Charles Xavier, as he was a huge fan of the X-Men and Spider-Man.
The King of Pop’s audition…
To the surprise of locals and strangers, Lauren Shuler Donner asked him the question “Do you know that Xavier is an older white male?”, question with which the singer answered “Oh yeah. You know I can wear makeup”.
Michael Jackson staged a presentation in which Singer and Shuller-Donner were introduced to the short film Ghost, in which Jackson plays the 60-year-old white mayor of a town.
Despite the great explanation and the reasons for Michael Jackson to play Charles Xavier, the executives pointed out that the interpreter of Thriller, Bad, Beat it, among other great successes, was never considered to reach the film.
Also. Jackson was already facing legal problems for child abuse, a factor that he played against the singer.
The experienced Patrick Stewart was chosen to play Charles Xavier, a role he played in five films between 2000 and 2017. In 2022 Stewart returned to this character for a special appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
While Michael Jackson managed to make a cameo in 2002 for the movie Men in Black, playing Agent M.
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The Days of Future Past return to SMASH and Marvel Comics Mexico
For years, the X-Men have fought to avoid a nightmarish future in which Sentinels herd mutants into concentration camps—or annihilate them on sight. But no matter what they do, that future is getting closer.
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SMASH and Marvel Comics Mexico brings us X-Men: Days of Future Past, one of the classics of the Marvel Universe, authored by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, compiled in a Deluxe Uncanny X-Men (1980) #138- volume. 143 and Uncanny X-Men King-Size Annual (1980) #4.
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