Men Producer Recounts Michael Jackson's Pitch to Play Professor X

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X-MEN Producer Lauren Shuler Donner Recalls Surreal Meeting With Professox X Wannabe Michael Jackson

"Besides Spider-Man, he was a huge Marvel fan". But if Jackson had been able to buy Marvel, the MCU as it exists probably wouldn't exist - and we may have had an X-Men movie starring Jackson as Professor X.

There's been a number of horrifying sexual assault allegations made against X-Men director Bryan Singer over the years, but a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter details a moment on the set of the iconic mutant film that saw the cast confront Singer in full costume about his conduct on the set.

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Behind the scenes, there was the cliched stories of Hollywood excess: backstage bickering, casting couch abuses, rampant drug use, and constant clashing between the auteur director and the studio that hired him. Because DeSanto did not have the authority to override Singer, the director moved forward with his plans to film a stunt featuring Hugh Jackman ahead of its intended shooting date and without a stunt coordinator present. Tom DeSanto, a producer, stopped the production but was ordered to leave set the next day.

The X-Men cast were so furious with Singer, though, that they confronted the director, telling him they would quit if DeSanto actually did fly home. "That's when Berry famously said to Singer, "You can kiss my Black ass, ' a line that has been oft-reported in the years since but never with the correct backstory".

The picture THR paints is one in which Singer's infamy is inexorably tied to the X-films' success, which gave him a significant degree of sway and influence in the industry over the years. Various lawsuits against the now wealthy director were dismissed or paid off, and his abusive behavior was indulged as part of his "genius".

The producers who were interviewed for the piece had different opinions regarding Singer and their involvement with him.

"I said to him, 'Do you know Xavier is an older white guy?'" X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner remembers. "And if he wasn't so fucked up, he would be a really great director".

"It's a weird business, the film business", Shuler Donner said. We honor creativity and talent and we forgive the brilliant ones.

"I don't know the reasons why but they were adamantly in the process of doing that".

Fellow producer Ralph Winter was much more forgiving, saying "I think X-Men will stand the test of time, ..." And hopefully Bryan will survive some way in his career and his work as a filmmaker and artist. "To me, that stuff doesn't matter". "His behaviour was poor on the movie". And yet, Fox kept him on for X2 because of the success of the first film. And on and on. "And it created a monster".

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