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Hugh Jackman took ice cold showers every morning of filming, in order to help get into character. This tradition started when jumping into the shower at 5 a.m., before realizing there was no hot water. Shocked awake, but not wanting to wake his sleeping wife, he gritted his teeth and bore it, before realizing that this mindset, wanting to scream and lash out at something, but having to hold it in, was the mentality that Wolverine is in constantly. He then made cold showers his Wolverine preparation routine for each movie featuring the character.
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Shortly after accepting the role of Magneto, Sir Ian McKellen was offered the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, which, originally, he had to decline. He spoke to director Bryan Singer about his interest in making The Lord of the Rings, and Singer agreed to rearrange this movie's shooting schedule so that McKellen would finish his scenes by the end of 1999, freeing him up to travel to New Zealand in January 2000, where The Lord of the Rings had been in production since October 1999.
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(At around twenty-six minutes) Wolverine's line, "What do they call you, 'Wheels'?'" was an ad-lib by Hugh Jackman (the scripted line was, "What do they call you, Baldie?").
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(At around fifty-two minutes) The scene in the train station where a young boy smiles at Cyclops and he smiles back was unplanned. The boy was a huge X-Men fan, and Cyclops was his favorite. The scene originally called for Cyclops to look at the train schedule, but according to Director Bryan Singer, the boy could not stop smiling at James Marsden. Finally, during one shot, Marsden just looked back at him and smiled, much to the boy's delight. Bryan Singer liked the idea so much, he kept it in the movie, and told the actress playing the boy's mother to react the way she did.
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Neither Sir Patrick Stewart nor Sir Ian McKellen knew how to play chess during filming. A chess master came in to teach them.
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Sir Patrick Stewart was the first actor to be cast as a mutant, and in fact, had been a fan-favorite for the role of Professor X since the 1990s.
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To celebrate her last day on-set, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos brought in a bottle of tequila, which she gave to her fellow cast and crew during a break in filming. Unfortunately, that day she happened to be filming the Wolverine and Mystique fight scene, and she threw up blue-colored vomit (from the chemicals in her make-up) all over Hugh Jackman.
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Rebecca Romijn-Stamos' make-up as Mystique consisted of 110 custom-designed prostheses, which covered sixty percent of her body and took nine hours to apply. She could not drink wine, use skin creams, nor fly the day before filming, because it could have caused her body chemistry to change slightly, causing the prosthetics to fall off.
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In order to keep her look a secret, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos had to sit in an isolated, windowless room when not required for shooting: "I had almost no contact with the rest of the cast, it was like I was making a different movie from everyone else. It was hell."
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(At around one hour and nine minutes) In the comics, the X-Men wore a distinctive blue-gold uniform, but the filmmakers revised the uniform to black leather suits. Tom DeSanto explained that test designs of the X-Men in their blue-gold outfits were unsuccessful, and Bryan Singer noted that durable black leather made more sense for the X-Men to wear as protective clothing. Despite support from Stan Lee and Chris Claremont, many fans were upset about the change in costumes, so Bryan Singer added dialogue referring to the issue. When Wolverine complains about the uniforms, Cyclops replies "What would you prefer, yellow spandex?" The blue-gold uniforms appeared in X-Men: First Class (2011), and more comic book-inspired costumes appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
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There were three types of Wolverine claws: plastic, rubber, and steel. More than seven hundred individual claw blades were used by Hugh Jackman and his four stunt doubles.
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This is the only X-Men movie, as of 2015, to be mostly an original story. All of the other movies were loosely based on specific stories from the comic books.
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Most of the eye effects were achieved by the actors and actresses wearing special contact lenses. However, the cast found these lenses uncomfortable and dangerous to wear. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos could only wear her Mystique lenses for one hour at a time, and had only ten percent vision. Tyler Mane kept his Sabretooth lenses in for too long, and ended up temporarily blinded for a day; and Halle Berry wore her opaque white Storm lenses only once, found them unbearable, and insisted she have CGI for her eyes.
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In an interview with MTV News' Josh Horowitz, Hugh Jackman admits that when he initially took on the role as Wolverine, he studied wolves to develop his character, since he thought that Wolverine must allude to wolves. Bryan Singer later explained to him that a wolverine is a different kind of animal. It is the largest species of badger, and is found in Northern Europe and some parts of North America.
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Hugh Jackman got his testicles caught in his harness after a six foot jump off the set's Statue of Liberty.
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This is the only movie where Storm has a Kenyan accent, indicating her nationality from the comics. For all of the other installments, Halle Berry used her own American accent.
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The mansion used as the Xavier School served as the Madison Mansion in Billy Madison (1995), the Luthor Mansion in Smallville (2001), and the Queen Mansion in Arrow (2012).
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(At around one hour and eleven minutes) James Marsden, despite being nearly six feet tall, had to wear platform shoes to appear taller than Hugh Jackman, who was six feet two inches. These platform shoes can be clearly seen as Cyclops scales the wall at Liberty Island. He also had to stand on an apple box to appear taller next to one of the boys at the train station. As a prank, Tyler Mane set up an apple box in Marsden's trailer bathroom with a note: "This is so you can reach your sink."
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Although Rogue had been a relatively minor character in X-Men lore, Bryan Singer made Rogue a pivotal character in this movie because her ability to drain people and nearly kill them was the most symbolic of alienation.
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According to the official profile by Marvel, Wolverine is a very short character at 5' 3" tall. Hugh Jackman is nearly a foot taller at 6' 2".
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Wolverine's dog tags are the standard type issued by the Canadian military.
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Hugh Jackman's physique looks slightly different in different scenes, because he was cast three weeks after principal photography had started, and kept working out extensively while shooting continued.
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Sir Ian McKellen was initially reluctant to accept the role of Magneto, but was convinced to accept it when he saw the costume.
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Bryan Singer turned down this movie three times, believing that comic books were unintelligent literature. However, after reading the X-Men comics, and watching X-Men: The Animated Series (1992), he found the story's themes of prejudice and discrimination compelling, and finally agreed to do a live-action movie.
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In the comics, Rogue has Paragon abilities (Flight, Superstrength, Invulnerablity, Speed, and seven senses) from Ms. Marvel. However, Ms. Marvel's cinematic rights do not belong to Twentieth Century Fox, and therefore Rogue could not have any abilities or storyline related to her.
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Bryan Singer's first choice to play Wolverine was Russell Crowe, but he turned it down. Other actors considered for the role were Mel Gibson, Aaron Eckhart, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Viggo Mortensen, Edward Norton, Bob Hoskins, Keanu Reeves and Gary Sinise. Dougray Scott was cast, but he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible II (2000) and was injured in a motorbike accident. Finally, Crowe suggested his friend, Hugh Jackman, to Bryan Singer, who auditioned him and had him cast as Wolverine shortly after filming began. Even so, Jackman later stated that it took him a few weeks of filming to find the correct performance.
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Bryan Singer had one of his stuntmen, Scott Leva, dress in a Spider-Man suit and confront James Marsden (Cyclops), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), and Halle Berry (Storm) on-set one day as a joke. Leva had actually dressed up in an identical Spider-Man costume once before for Marvel Comics in 1985 for the cover of "The Amazing Spider-Man" comic book, issue #262. In the outtake, Spider-Man realizes that he's in the wrong movie, backs off, and runs away, with Cyclops chasing after him shortly after. This can be seen as an "Easter Egg" on the first DVD edition of the movie, but not the "X-Men 1.5" DVD.
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Hugh Jackman was cast three weeks into filming.
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James Marsden (Cyclops) found his character to be particularly difficult, as his eyes were shielded throughout. Most actors and actresses find a great deal of their performances comes from the expressiveness of their eyes.
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As Singer is a huge fan of the various Star Trek movies and television shows, Sir Patrick Stewart was Bryan Singer's only choice for the role of Professor X. Though, other, more "bankable" actors, lobbied for the role, Singer always felt only Stewart (who had long been a fan favorite) could play the part.
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Hugh Jackman had to undergo training from a hand-to-hand combat specialist to learn how to handle the Wolverine claws.
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Many of the X-Men from the comics who don't have major roles in this movie appear as minor characters in the school. Among them are Jubilee (the Asian-American girl wearing a yellow jacket, hoop earrings with sunglasses above her forehead); Shadowcat, also known as Kitty Pryde; Colossus; Iceman, a.k.a. Bobby Drake; and Pyro. Kitty, Iceman, and Pyro have major roles in the sequels, although Kitty and Pyro both change actor.
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Rogue has never had a non-mutant name in the comics, since her debut in 1981, but in this movie, she gets the human name of Marie. In X2: X-Men United (2003), her full name is revealed as Marie D'Ancato.
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(At around fifty-three minutes) When Wolverine first confronts Magneto, the initial look of shock at Magneto's entrance was a result of Hugh Jackman's fear of what was happening around him. He was told Magneto would tear open the train car. He thought this meant ripping off the door, not half of the train being literally pulled apart by hydraulics. He mentioned having to study that shot when doing the reaction shots, so he could reproduce all the various twitches and tics he went through.
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After the movie was completed, the wheelchair that Professor Xavier used was sold in an auction to Sir Patrick Stewart's attorney, and then rented back by the production company for X2: X-Men United (2003).
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Similar to Magneto's and Rogue's background segments, scenes explaining Storm's and Cyclops' backgrounds were scripted and storyboarded, but never shot. Storm's background segment involved her changing the weather drastically in her hometown in Kenya and causing vast damage. Cyclops' story would show him manifesting his mutant power at school as a teenager, causing him to accidentally destroy a school bathroom (which was later shot and used in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)). There was a brief talk of shooting these scenes while shooting X2: X-Men United (2003), in order to insert them into the X-Men Special Edition DVD, but the idea was later scrapped. However, the bathroom set (which had actually been built) was used for the scene in X2: X-Men United (2003), where Grace drugs the drunken guard. Scenes of Storm and Cyclops as children were eventually filmed for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) (although Storm's were deleted from the final print), as well as short clips for X-Men: First Class (2011).
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Originally, Dr. Hank "Beast" McCoy was going to be in the final movie, but was cut out to be saved for the sequels, and some of his professions were incorporated into Jean Grey: a medical doctor, and a political supporter of mutant rights. McCoy makes it into the franchise in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
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Reports suggest that the actual script of the movie didn't have Wolverine saying "bub", but Hugh Jackman, as a fan of the character, threw it in. Some reports state that he actually "threw it in" many times, but only a few were kept.
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Rogue's portrayal in this movie contains elements from Jubilee (a close bond with Wolverine) and Kitty Pryde (being targeted by the Brotherhood).
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Hugh Jackman said that if he could have any of the mutants' abilities, he would choose Mystique's.
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In the Hamilton location (the train station scenes), Bryan Singer was mistaken for an on-looker and was harassed by a policeman not letting him join the production team for some time.
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Bryan Singer read gossip sites during filming to see what rumors were circulating about the movie. One day he read that he had been fired. He called the executives in a panic, but it wasn't true.
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(At around one hour and fifteen minutes) During the Wolverine and Mystique fight scene, there is a moment where Mystique kicks Wolverine in the groin. At that moment, there is a metallic "ping" (similar to the one in the beginning when the man in the cage match punches Wolverine's fist), which is probably an in-joke to Wolverine having "balls of steel."
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(At around one hour and sixteen minutes) Toad complains upon failing to kill Storm, "Don't you people ever die?" This is an allusion to the X-Men comics recurring gimmick, of having a character die, and then be brought back to life by supernatural or scientific means, which has been done for nearly every main character in the series.
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A full silicone cast of Hugh Jackman's arm was taken in order to appropriately design Wolverine's claws.
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Bryan Singer banned comics on-set, not wanting them to influence the cast. They secretly read them anyway.
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The comic character Mortimer "Toad" Toynbee is a hunchback, but that was changed for the movie when martial artist Ray Park was cast.
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Rebecca Romijn-Stamos's make-up process involved putting on one hundred ten self-adhesive prosthetics, developed specifically for the movie, followed by air-brushing the blue paint. The make-up team was reluctant to use food coloring for her make-up, because it is difficult to remove, but used it after discovering a new chemical that could very quickly and easily remove food coloring.
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Wolverine doesn't kill anyone in this movie.
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Wary of the risk of starting an expensive franchise that could have died after just one movie, 20th Century Fox's studio executives assigned this movie a budget of only $75 million, quite low for a big summer tent-pole release, when the average summer blockbuster budget at the time, was upwards of $100 million.
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In 2013, Hugh Jackman said that Wolverine was his favorite role: "He's eternally fascinating to me. He's incredibly human, and a great sort of anti-hero and tragic figure."
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Most of the cast, especially James Marsden and Sir Patrick Stewart, prepared for their roles by reading the X-Men comics.
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Gambit was originally going to make a cameo appearance in this movie, as a student playing with a basketball and then blowing it up (Gambit's power was to charge an object with kinetic energy, forcing it to explode). Bryan Singer rejected the cameo, thinking the audience wouldn't understand it: "People would be like, what's wrong with those basketballs?" Gambit eventually appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
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The snow in the Canadian sequence where Wolverine and Rogue are accosted by Sabretooth was all fake, as it hadn't snowed in the area for some time.
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The bar scenes were shot in the same brewery as the concentration camp scenes.
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Joss Whedon wrote a draft of the script, but it got rejected, because according to Whedon, it had a "quick-witted, pop-culture referencing tone" which didn't fit the X-Men. Only two lines of dialogue from his script were used in the final movie: the exchange between Cyclops and Wolverine when Cyclops suspects he is Mystique; and Storm's statement about "what happens to a toad when it is struck by lightning." Ironically, Whedon's X-Men comic "Gifted" would be a major inspiration for X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Whedon wrote and directed The Avengers (2012), another Marvel superhero team.
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The last scenes to be shot were the ones where Senator Kelly emerges from water (in Santa Monica, California). They were shot in early May, and the movie was released on the last days of July.
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Ray Park's first speaking role without another actor dubbing his voice.
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Bryan Singer chose the Holocaust opening, to ground the movie in reality.
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Oakley Glasses, who manufactured the custom specs Cyclops (James Marsden) wears in the movie, gave Marsden a lifetime supply of sunglasses.
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At first, Sir Patrick Stewart hadn't heard of X-Men. He thought it was related to The X-Files (1993). The studio shipped him a crate of comics. Stewart called it "the most fun research I've ever had to do."
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A deleted scene appears in a television ad for the movie, showing an extended talk between Scott Summers and Professor Xavier regarding Logan's stay at the mansion. Scott tells the Professor "He's not one of us. There's no way he's going to take orders." Xavier politely replies, "Give him an order worth following. He'll take it." The full scene appears in the official movie adaptation book forms.
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Kirsten Dunst, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Christina Ricci were considered for the role of Rogue. Natalie Portman turned down the role of Rogue.
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The actors' and actresses' leather costumes were so stiff that for several takes, nobody could get over a two-foot wall in one scene. James Marsden quipped, "You couldn't feel less like a superhero in these costumes."
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Terence Stamp, David Hemblen, and Sir Christopher Lee were considered for the role of Magneto. Ultimately, Bryan Singer chose Sir Ian McKellen for the role, who had acted in Singer's previous film Apt Pupil (1998), and as an activist for gay rights, understood the role well: "Ian responded to the allegory of mutants as outsiders, disenfranchised, and alone, and coming to all that at puberty, when their differences manifest." Hemblen voiced the character in the animated X-Men (1992).
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Originally slated for a Christmas 2000 release, this movie was bumped up to June 2000 as 20th Century Fox had an unexpected hole in their schedule, as Steven Spielberg had opted not to make Minority Report (2002) at that time.
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The Danger Room, a training facility at Xavier's Mansion, was going to be in this movie. However, the filmmakers, after a lot of debate, cut it out of the script to make the movie move faster. The Danger Room was slated to appear in X2: X-Men United (2003), but again was cut out, due to budget restrictions. It appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
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The filmmakers thought the treatment by Tom DeSanto and Bryan Singer was perfect, as it took seriously the social issues the X-Men comics were noted for reflecting:
  • Senator Kelly's proposal of a Mutant Registration Act echoes the efforts of U.S. Congress' efforts to ban Communism in the United States. Kelly brandishes a list of known mutants, and exclaims "We must know who these mutants are and what they can do!", a paraphrase of Senator Joseph McCarthy, who claimed to have a list of known American Communists working in the government.
  • Kelly further questions whether mutants should be allowed to teach children in school, which mirrors the Section 28 issue (the banning of homosexual teachers in United Kingdom schools, against which Sir Ian McKellen protested).
  • A deleted scene has Storm teaching a historical lesson about how Emperor Constantine's decree in 312 A.D. ended the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire, and eventually led to Christians becoming the majority, which foreshadows Magneto's plot to force world leaders to accept mutant-kind by mutating them.
  • Magneto talks about the Act having mutants "in chains, with a number burned into their foreheads." The situation he describes, is similar to what happened to Jews and other nonconformists in Nazi Germany (which Magneto experiences in the first scenes).
  • Magneto's last lines contain the phrase "By any means necessary." This phrase was coined by civil rights revolutionary Malcolm X. The relationship between Magneto and Professor X has been compared, respectively, to that of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., both of whom held differing philosophical views.
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Hugh Jackman did most of his own stunts. One day, he almost impaled a cameraman with his claws.
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James Marsden turned down a role in Soul Survivors (2001) in order to take part in this movie.
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This is the only movie in the franchise in which the actress playing Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos or Jennifer Lawrence) never appears sans make-up as one of her own disguises. In all subsequent movies, Romijn and Lawrence have made a "disguise" appearance, with both appearing as disguises of the same form of Mystique in X-Men: First Class (2011).
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The sunglasses Cyclops wears are known as Oakley "X-Metals" ("Juliet") with Ruby lenses. This is an homage to the comics, where Cyclops can only wear sunglasses and visors with ruby or quartz lenses to stabilize and absorb the energy from his eyes.
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In the comics, there is a mutant named Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat), who was named after a former classmate of X-Men Writer John Byrne. When this movie was released, reporters tracked down Pryde in Calgary to interview her about this movie (she has now changed her name to K.D. Pryde, and states that she appreciates the comics, but wishes to be known as more than just a heroine's namesake). The comic book Pryde appears in the X-Men franchise, but is played by different actresses (Sumela Kay, Katie Stuart, and Ellen Page) and only has a major role in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
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This was Bryan Singer's first science fiction movie, so to gain a better understanding of practical and digital visual effects, he visited the production sets of Titanic (1997) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
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Ten Wolverine costumes were built out of thick leather and PVC, and were designed to take a beating. All of them were destroyed to some extent during filming.
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In 1998, a licensed novel called "Planet X" brought together the characters of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and the X-Men, and notes the physical similarities of Professor Charles Xavier and Starship Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Sir Patrick Stewart played Picard and Xavier.
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Bryan Singer watched all seventy-six episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series (1992) to decide which of the characters from the comics should be in the movie.
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The first scene shot for the movie was the World Summit scene on Liberty Island, where representatives from each country are greeted. Two of the guests (jokingly identified by Bryan Singer as King and Queen of Poland, titles which have not legally existed since 1795) are played by Singer's father and stepmother.
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To get the charge in his hair, Tyler Mane was attached to a five-million volt electrostatic generator.
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George Buza, the trucker, portrayed the voice of Beast in X-Men: The Animated Series (1992).
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Anna Paquin said Rogue feels instantly connected to Wolverine, because they're so alike. Paquin said they're both "very lonely and very isolated and very hostile toward the world."
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Executive producer Tom DeSanto chose Bryan Singer as director after watching The Usual Suspects (1995), impressed with how Singer handled an ensemble cast in that movie.
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The replica of Lady Liberty's head is one and a half times the size of the real thing.
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According to Bryan Singer at WonderCon 2006, he initially approached John Williams to compose the score for this movie, but Williams wasn't available at the time, because he was scoring Saving Private Ryan (1998).
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The same kids were repeatedly used as extras, to make the school feel more like a real place.
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Magneto's fortress is a life-size set that took two months to build from scratch.
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The opening Nazi concentration camp scene involved three hundred extras.
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Twenty-eight drafts of the screenplay were written by several different writers. While David Hayter received sole credit, the other writers who contributed to the screenplay, and went uncredited, are Laeta Kalogridis, Ed Solomon, Christopher McQuarrie, Joss Whedon, James Schamus, and John Logan.
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In 1997, Angela Bassett and Janet Jackson were approached to play Storm, and later Jada Pinkett Smith was in consideration for the role.
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Famke Janssen and Halle Berry have been James Bond girls. Janssen in GoldenEye (1995), and Berry in Die Another Day (2002).
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Bryan Singer found it hard to get the plot started with so many superheroes. "To keep the story going, you have to quickly establish all of their powers."
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Jim Caviezel turned down the role of Cyclops, in order to star in Frequency (2000).
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Christopher McQuarrie chose not to have his name in the credits, as he felt that the screenplay was mostly the vision of David Hayter.
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In 1996, Michael Chabon wrote a draft of the script: the X-Men (Professor X, Cyclops, Jean Gray, Beast, Iceman, Storm, Nightcrawler, and new members Wolverine and Jubilee) would face off against a phantom menace (the Brotherhood, who wouldn't reveal themselves until the sequel), with major focus on the relationship between Wolverine and Jubilee.
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The cast includes two Oscar winners: Anna Paquin and Halle Berry; and three Oscar nominees: Hugh Jackman, Sir Ian McKellen, and Bruce Davison.
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Hugh Jackman said that Wolverine is hard for an actor to play, because there's so much pressure from the fans. "Wolverine is a hero to many people. I've heard of people with tattoos of him."
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In 1994, screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker wrote a draft of the script: the X-Men (Professor X, Cyclops, Jean Gray, Beast, Iceman, Angel, and new member Wolverine) must stop the Brotherhood of Mutants (Magneto, Sabretooth, Toad, and new member the Blob) from conquering New York City, while at the same time are set upon by a triplet of Sentinels, robots created by anti-mutant government officials Henry Peter Gyrich and Boliver Trask. The script focused on the rivalry between Cyclops and Wolverine, and had Magneto the cause of the Chernobyl disaster; also included was the X-Copter and the Danger Room. The script was never used, but dialogue and plot elements were used in the movie's official novel adaptation.
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The ninth highest grossing movie of 2000.
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Maria Bello and Lucy Lawless were considered for the role of Jean Grey.
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Storm's line about what happens to toads when they're struck by lightning was never intended to be delivered seriously. It was supposed to be a joke line, delivered in a tone like she was shrugging it off, "eh, the same thing that happens to everything else." For some reason, Halle Berry insisted on saying it with an absurdly serious tone.
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Sir Patrick Stewart was given X-Men comics to help him understand his role. When he first got one, he remarked, "Why am I on the cover of a comic book?"
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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Ethan Hawke were considered to play Cyclops.
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Mystique's morph-effects are made up of eight thousand scales animating in different directions.
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WWE wrestler Kevin Nash was offered the role of Sabretooth, but he turned it down due to schedule conflicts. He would later take on another Marvel villain role, as The Russian, in The Punisher (2004).
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According to Bryan Singer, Sir Ian McKellen was great at flying in the harness, especially landing, which is hard to do.
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Cerebro is the Spanish word for "brain".
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It's ironic that Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Magneto, who was imprisoned as a child by the Nazis, had earlier played a Nazi in Apt Pupil (1998). Michael Fassbender, who played Magneto in X-Men: First Class (2011), played Allied Forces soldiers in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Band of Brothers (2001) (thus going the other way from McKellen).
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The love triangle between Jean, Wolverine, and Cyclops went through a lot of changes during filming. Famke Janssen didn't know which relationship would be stronger, until she saw the movie.
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Bryan Singer's first choice to play Wolverine was Russell Crowe, but Crowe turned it down, because he didn't want to play another role similar to Maximus from Gladiator (2000). Crowe felt the characters were too similar, by having the same animal totem, the wolf, and thought the movie was a cartoon, which isn't his cup of tea. He would later go on to play Superman's father Jor-El in Man of Steel (2013).
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The last scene shot in Canada, as part of principal photography, was the first scene in the movie, that of rain falling on mud in the concentration camp.
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This is the only X-Men movie that ends with a fade-out. All of the other movies have ended with a quick cut due to a reveal, or a twist, and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) ended with the Cerebro doors closing shut.
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In 1996, Brett Ratner was considered to direct this movie. He ended up directing X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
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In the timeline of the cinematic X-Men franchise, which is later established in X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). The movie takes place forty-one years after the formation of the X-Men in X-Men: First Class (2011), forty years after Mystique assassinated Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), and twenty-four years after Wolverine is injected with Adamantium and loses his memory in X-Men: Origins: Wolverwine (2009). However, X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) takes place in a reset timeline, due to Wolverine being sent back through time from 2023 to 1973 to prevent Bolivar Trask's assassination in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Young Professor X and the X-Men, battle Apocalypse in an alternate 1983 in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), which takes place ten years after X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
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Bryan Singer was hired based on his work on The Usual Suspects (1995). Singer turned the job down twice. Then he read the X-Men comics, and changed his mind.
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The script originally started with more characters' backstories, but they wanted to get the plot moving.
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Bryan Singer cast Halle Berry as Storm after seeing her performance in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999).
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Tyler Mane wasn't familiar with X-Men before he appeared in the movie. He prepped for the role with his son, who was a big fan of the comics.
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David Hemblen, who voiced Magneto in X-Men: The Animated Series (1992), was considered to reprise his role in live-action. It appealed to him, but he had to turn it down, due to scheduling conflicts.
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Sir Ian McKellen was cast early on. In the 1970s, he and Sir Patrick Stewart acted together in the Royal Shakespeare Company. Stewart said he used their relationship: "There was a connection made between us, history and trust."
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Rachael Leigh Cook and Katharine Isabelle were the top choices for the role of Rogue.
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There is a mutant in the X-Men comics named Sauron, who named himself after the antagonist in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" novel. Sir Ian McKellen portrayed Gandalf in Peter Jackson's adaptation of the novel in-between portrayals of Magneto in the X-Men film franchise.
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To prepare for the movie, Bryan Singer took a private tour of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
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Musician Glenn Danzig, whose muscular physique and height (5'4"), almost perfectly matched the Wolverine character portrayed in the comic books, was interviewed for the role of Wolverine. A common myth has it, that he was offered a part in the movie, but this confusion occurs, largely because Danzig was actually offered the role approximately ten years earlier, when Carolco held the rights to an X-Men movie, and was considering a low-budget production. However, due to the high-budget and status of the 2000 production, as well as Danzig's age and relative lack of acting experience, and the requirement that the Wolverine actor be signed to a multi-picture deal spanning several years, it is highly unlikely that Danzig could have won the role in this film. Regardless, a scheduling conflict prevented him from any subsequent pursuit of the role.
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Peta Wilson was offered the role of Jean Grey, but had to film the fourth season of La Femme Nikita (1997) instead. Wilson later got into comic book movies as the star of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) and a cameo in Superman Returns (2006).
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(At around four minutes) The opening caption notes that this movie, released in 2000, in its main action takes place in "the near future". However, in a giveaway prequel comic book involving the Silver Samurai and Wolverine, set just before the main action of this movie, that story gave the year as 2000.
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Hugh Jackman modelled Wolverine's fighting style on videos of boxer Mike Tyson.
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Edward Burns was considered for the part of Cyclops. D.B. Sweeney auditioned for the role (he has a cameo in this movie as a Statue of Liberty guard). Thomas Jane turned down the role (Jane went on to play The Punisher (2004) alongside Rebecca Romijn-Stamos). Eric Mabius and Vince Vaughn were interested in the role. Jim Caviezel was cast as Cyclops, but he had to drop out, due to schedule conflicts with Frequency (2000).
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Magneto's machine is a combination of a full-size version, a miniature replica, and computer effects.
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In the late 1980s, Carolco Pictures bought the movie rights of X-Men from Marvel. James Cameron was set to produce, along with his production company Lightstorm Entertainment, which was in line to distribute. Well-known X-Men Comic book writer Chris Claremont was involved in meetings with X-Men Creator Stan Lee, James Cameron, and executives at Carolco about the project. After Cameron moved on to a Spider-Man project in the mid-1990s (which ultimately never happened) and Carolco went bankrupt, the rights became available, and were purchased by 20th Century Fox.
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Sir Patrick Stewart and Famke Janssen appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) season five, episode twenty-one, "The Perfect Mate", which was about a possible relationship developing between their characters. She explains to Captain Picard that she is a mutant with some kind of psychic power in that episode, and Jean Grey in this series is a powerful psychic. Bryan Singer is a Star Trek fan, and eventually got a cameo role in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
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To prepare for the movie, Bryan Singer visited the sets of Titanic (1997) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). He asked James Cameron and George Lucas for advice on making effects-heavy movies.
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X-Men Origins:Wolverine (2009) causes a couple of continuity issues in this movie. The greater part of the action of the former is set in 1979, and this movie is set in the "near future" of the year 2000, at least twenty-one years later, yet Xavier says to Logan early on "It's been fifteen years hasn't it?" regarding Logan's adamantium implantation. Another is that in "Origins" a young Scott Summers met Logan on Three Mile Island, yet in this movie, if he recalls the event, he makes no mention of it. Another continuity issue is caused by Xavier stating that he met Magneto "When I was seventeen", yet in X-Men: First Class (2011), Xavier is in college writing his thesis (and possibly teaching) at the time of meeting Lehnsherr, so he must be older than the age stated here.
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Jeri Ryan was in the running for Mystique.
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This is the only movie to not have the flipping pages Marvel logo.
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Angela Bassett was considered for the role of Storm, who in the comics married the African king superhero T'Challa, a.k.a. the Black Panther. She appeared in Black Panther (2018) as T'Challa's mother Queen Ramonda.
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The exterior of a distillery in Toronto was used as the concentration camp at the beginning of the movie.
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Anna Paquin dropped out of the lead role in Tart (2001) in favor of this movie.
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Kathryn Bigelow was attached to direct when the project was in early development. Robert Rodriguez and Tim Burton were later approached to direct, but turned it down in favor of other movies. Richard Donner (Producer Lauren Shuler Donner's husband), Joel Schumacher, Brett Ratner, John McTiernan, Danny Boyle, Stephen Hopkins, Irvin Kershner, and Paul W.S. Anderson were considered to direct before Bryan Singer was finally chosen.
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X-Men: First Class (2011) reveals that Wolverine had met Professor Xavier and Magneto before, but Wolverine doesn't remember due to his amnesia, which Professor Xavier and Magneto approached Wolverine at a bar and offered him to join the newly formed X-Men, but Wolverine rejected the offer and told them to go "f" themselves.
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Michael Jackson wanted to play Professor X.
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The control stick that Cyclops uses to pilot the X-Men jet is a CH brand "Flightstick Pro" computer joystick.
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When this movie was being developed in the 1990s, Gary Sinise was the studio's first choice for the role of Wolverine.
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In the scene with Logan and Rogue on the train prior to Magneto's attack, it is noticeable that Hugh Jackman has not yet "found" his character; the timbre of his voice is not the Wolverine heard in the rest of the film. Jackman has stated behind the scenes that he had difficulty finding Wolverine in the beginning, and was in fact in real danger of being fired after three weeks of filming, when both studio executives and director Bryan Singer told him that they were not happy with what they saw. Jackman credits his wife with giving him the confidence to trust in his own abilities, and from the fourth week into the shoot, his performance improved markedly.
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In one scene, Mystique shapeshifts into Iceman and walks past him. This required careful splicing of separate takes - and could have been avoided. Bryan Singer didn't realize that Shawn Ashmore actually has an identical twin, Aaron Ashmore.
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Kiefer Sutherland and Jackie Earle Haley were in the running for the role of Wolverine since 1989.
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Bruce Davison was the first actor to be cast.
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Visual Effects Supervisor Mike Fink claims to be dissatisfied with his work on this movie.
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When it premiered in Alberta, it received loud cheers from audiences, when it said on-screen, that the early part of the movie took place in Alberta.
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When early production for the movie began in the early 1990s, James Cameron was considering being producer, while his then wife and fellow filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow would direct. They were even considering Bob Hoskins as Wolverine, Michael Biehn as Cyclops, Sir Christopher Lee as Magneto, and Angela Bassett as Storm. But the deal fell apart after Stan Lee piqued Cameron's interest to make a Spider-Man movie with Biehn as Peter Parker, which never happened either.
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Executive Producer Tom DeSanto compared Wolverine to Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood. "He's such an emotionally torn character, and he's such a reluctant hero."
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Toad (Ray Park) speaks only four times during the movie.
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When Hugh Jackman auditioned for Wolverine, not only did he not know what the character was, he did not know what a wolverine was! Jackman admits in a recent Howard Stern interview that he thought the character was named after Wolves, and started imitating wolves in the audition.
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Rogue's boyfriend in this movie was called David (the boy she kisses when her powers triggered). In the comics, Rogue's boyfriend was called Cody Robbins, and he was later used in a plot by Bella Donna Boudreaux to kill Rogue. Altough the plot failed, it ended in Cody's death.
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Rebecca Romijn-Stamos actually kicked Bruce Davison in the face in Mystique's reveal scene. She didn't mean to hit him so hard, but Davison forgave her.
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Tyler Mane, James Marsden, and Ray Park are the only actors whose nationalities match their respective characters Sabretooth (Canadian) Cyclops (American) and Toad (British).

The majority of the cast do not match the nationalities of their characters: Hugh Jackman/Wolverine (Australian/Canadian), Famke Janssen/Jean Grey (Dutch/American), Halle Berry/Storm (American/Kenyan), Sir Patrick Stewart/Professor X (English/American), Sir Ian McKellen/Magneto (English/German-Jewish), Anna Paquin/Rogue (Canadian-Kiwi/American), Shawn Ashmore/Iceman (Canadian/American), and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos/Mystique (American/unknown).
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Kathryn Bigelow was, at one point attached to direct, when James Cameron (her husband at the time) was going to produce the movie for Carolco Pictures.
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Strangely, the popular casting of Hugh Jackman can be traced back to legendary Director Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick's perfectionist style led to Eyes Wide Shut (1999) shoot over-running, causing Mission: Impossible II (2000) to be delayed, meaning original Wolverine choice Dougray Scott could not take part in this movie.
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(At around twenty-one minutes) On his desk, Magneto has a variation on Newton's Cradle, minus the strings. This is the device where one lifts one chrome ball off to the side, releases it, lets it hit the other four balls, and then sees the energy transferred when the last ball on the opposite side moves. The original device was sculpted by Richard Loncraine, who directed Sir Ian McKellen in Richard III (1995).
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In the comic books and on X-Men (1992), Rogue had red and white hair. In this movie, she has brown hair, but later has brown and white hair.
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(At around one hour and sixteen minutes) When Toad shouts, "Don't you people ever die?!" a hint of Ray Park's natural Scottish accent can be heard.
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Cyclops' motorcycle is a Harley-Davidson Titan V-Rod.
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Helen Hunt was asked to play Jean Grey, but she turned down the role.
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The song used for the teaser trailer is "Chinese Burn" by Curve.
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Bryan Singer offered Hugh Jackman the role of Wolverine on the spot after his first audition.
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Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry were both in the movie Swordfish (2001).
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Early posters for this movie credited the screenplay to Christopher McQuarrie and Ed Solomon.
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This was Composer Michael Kamen's only comic book movie.
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Sir Ian McKellen and Bruce Davison appeared in Apt Pupil (1998), X2: X-Men United (2003), and Six Degrees of Separation (1993).
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This was the first comic book movie for Sir Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.
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Like The Punisher (1989), It was decided that the characters would not wear their outfits from the comic books and that they would wear black suits instead.
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The X-Men film franchise is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, yet.
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To help her get through the excessive make-up application time, Rebecca Romijn always made a point of having a bottle of wine to hand.
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Charles Xavier's bald intense look was visually inspired by famous bald actor Yul Brynner. He is played in this film franchise by another famous bald actor, Sir Patrick Stewart.
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Beast was planned for the film but was saved for the later sequels.
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Hugh Jackman played Wolverine for seventeen years and nine films (if you count Deadpool 2 (2018), eighteen years and ten films), making him is one of the longest running actors to play a superhero role.
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Lucy Lawless, who was considered for Jean Grey could not take the role as she was busy working on her hit television series Xena: Warrior Princess (1995). However, the Kiwi actress and singer would make a cameo as punk girl in the Marvel comic book movie Spider-Man (2002) which was directed by Sam Raimi, who was the Executive Producer of Xena: Warrior Princess (1995).
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Director Bryan Singer has agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve allegations that he raped a 17-year-old boy in 2003.Cesar Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit in December 2017 in which he alleged that the director had sexually assaulted him during a yacht party in Seattle. Sanchez-Guzman claimed that Singer performed oral sex on him against his will, and anally penetrated him. Singer denied the allegations. In a filing on Wednesday, a bankruptcy trustee recommended that the court approve a $150,000 settlement with Singer. Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy in 2014, and the case was discharged. The bankruptcy trustee reopened the case in 2018, on the grounds that Sanchez-Guzman's claim against Singer had not been listed among his assets, and that any proceeds should be available to his creditors.
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Cameo 

Stan Lee: (At around forty-four minutes) X-Men creator and executive producer is a man near a hot dog stand on the beach when Senator Kelly comes out of the water.
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Malcolm Nefsky: (At around thirteen minutes) After the amateur boxing match in Alberta, the guy behind the man that accuses Wolverine of cheating is Malcolm Nefsky, this movie's Best Boy Grip. Because of the way the scene was filmed, someone was needed to deliver the line, and he was called, because no certified "extra" was nearby.
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D.B. Sweeney: (At around one hour and twenty-eight minutes) The police officer stabbed by Sabertooth in front of the Statue of Liberty. Sweeney is a big fan of the X-Men, and had tried out for the part of Cyclops.
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David Hayter: (At around one hour and twenty-eight minutes) The writer appears as one of the cops near the end.
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Gary Goddard: (At around forty-three minutes) The Director of Masters of the Universe (1987) is one of the men watching Senator Kelly emerge from the ocean. Singer and Goddard are good friends, and before production, Singer sought out Goddard's advice on directing "a comic book movie".
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

(At around forty-four minutes) When Mystique impersonates Iceman (Bobby Drake) to make Rogue leave the school, it is possible to see Bobby's breath, even though this movie appears to be set in midsummer. This trait, an after-effect of Bobby's ability, was widely appreciated by fans, and seen as Bryan Singer's dedication to the X-Men franchise. However, it is now more accepted as an error, since it was Mystique's impersonation. The effect was, however, intentionally added into X2: X-Men United (2003), when Iceman and Rogue share a kiss.
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Mystique impersonates Senator Kelly's aide Henry Gyrich, who is later found dead. In the comics, Henry Peter Gyrich was a member of several United States national security agencies, and was responsible for quite a bit of misery in the X-Men's lives.
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(At around one hour and thirty minutes) If you listen carefully during the newscast at the end of the movie, you hear the announcer saying that Henry Gyrich's body was found, and the coroners assumed he was mauled by a bear. This suggests he was killed by Sabretooth.
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Visual Effects Director Sean C. Cunningham and Compositor Claas Henke morphed Bruce Davison into a liquid figure for Senator Kelly's mutation and mutant scenes. Cunningham said it was an arduous job back then, that took thirty-nine hours per frame: "There were many digital layers: water without refraction, water with murkiness, skin with and without highlights, skin with goo in it." They considered showing Kelly's internal organs during the transformation, but Cunningham thought that seemed too gruesome.
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Body count: six.
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The final scene, in which which Professor Xavier plays a game of Chess with Magneto, Magneto asks Professor Xavier about people coming for his children in the middle of the night. This foreshadows X2: X-Men United (2003), in which Professor Xavier is abducted by Major William Stryker, and Stryker's military force raids Xavier's school in the middle of the night, and several children are captured.
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