Charlize Theron turned down role of Jean Grey in X-Men

Charlize Theron turned down the chance to play mutant superhero Jean Grey in X-Men.The film’s executive producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, along with screenwriter David Hayter, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the hit 2000 movie in an i…

Charlize Theron turned down the chance to play mutant superhero Jean Grey in X-Men.

The film’s executive producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, along with screenwriter David Hayter, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the hit 2000 movie in an interview with Observer, and revealed a few secrets from behind the scenes.

While Russell Crowe famously turned down the role of Wolverine, leading to Hugh Jackman landing the coveted gig instead, Hayter revealed that not only did Oscar winner Theron decline a part in the flick, but Patrick Stewart was also in doubt.

Recalling how he and director Bryan Singer flew out to Vancouver in Canada to offer the Monster star the role of Jean Grey, which she ultimately passed on, Hayter said that Stewart, who portrayed wheelchair-bound Professor Charles Xavier, was also reluctant to sign on.

“Patrick Stewart didn’t want to. It took a long time to convince him,” he shared. “Terence Stamp told me, ‘You know why Patrick doesn’t want to do it? Because of the chair. He doesn’t want to be stuck in the chair. But I don’t mind. In fact, I also look excellent bald.'”

There was also plenty of interest from celebrities who wanted to be involved in the film.

“I have lots of warm memories of people that came in wanting to be in the movie,” Winter recalled. “Michael Jackson was a big comic fan and wanted to play Charles Xavier. Shaquille O’Neal showed up at the offices and wanted to play Forge, who wasn’t in the movie.”

“Everyday I was surprised by the faces coming in. Like, I’d find Mariah Carey sitting in my office wanting to go talk to Bryan about being Storm or something. So that’s always shocking,” Hayter added.

Famke Janssen eventually landed the part of Jean Grey and went on to play the telepathic and telekinetic mutant in four X-Men movies and 2013’s The Wolverine.

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Hugh Jackman tried to bulk up for Wolverine debut in three weeks

Hugh Jackman had no idea how long it would take him to get into shape to play Wolverine.The Australian actor made his debut as the comic book mutant in 2000’s X-Men, and on his first day on set, he recalled how director Bryan Singer decided to only sho…

Hugh Jackman had no idea how long it would take him to get into shape to play Wolverine.

The Australian actor made his debut as the comic book mutant in 2000’s X-Men, and on his first day on set, he recalled how director Bryan Singer decided to only shoot him from the neck up.

“The first day I had to have my shirt off. And Bryan Singer didn’t say anything at the time but later said, ‘OK I gotta shoot you from here up and have the camera low,'” Hugh told his Les Miserables co-star Anne Hathaway during the latest instalment of Variety’s Actors on Actors interviews. “I remember looking at the comic books – I’d never read the comic books before – so I’m looking at the comics and I’m like, ‘Uh, how long do I have to get ready for this?’”

He was told they’d be rolling the cameras in three weeks, and Hugh confessed that he naively thought that was enough time to get superhero ready.

“I remember thinking, ‘Oh, three weeks!’ I’d never buffed up for anything really. I was like, ‘I think three weeks I can buff up if I really hit it hard.’ No,” he laughed.

And he confessed that director Singer shifted filming around so Hugh had longer to get in shape.

“The scene that introduces my character, they moved to the end. So it took me six months. Of course, by the time I finished Logan I was almost 50 so it takes even longer,” the 51-year-old said of the last time he played Wolverine.

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Olivia Munn claims Bryan Singer was absent from X-Men: Apocalypse set for 10 days

Olivia Munn has claimed director Bryan Singer was absent for 10 days during the production of X-Men: Apocalypse.The 39-year-old actress played mutant Psylocke in the 2016 comic book blockbuster, which also starred James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Osca…

Olivia Munn has claimed director Bryan Singer was absent for 10 days during the production of X-Men: Apocalypse.

The 39-year-old actress played mutant Psylocke in the 2016 comic book blockbuster, which also starred James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, and Sophie Turner.

In a new interview with Variety, Munn alleged the director left the set in Montreal, Canada to fly to Los Angeles to receive treatment for a thyroid issue, leaving the cast and crew for 10 days.

“Instead of going to a doctor in Montreal, which is a very high-level, working city, he said he had to go to L.A. And he was gone for about 10 days is my recollection,” she explained, adding that Singer told the cast to keep filming, despite his absence.

“We’d be on set, I remember there’s a big scene that we’d have, we’d come back from lunch and then one of Bryan’s assistants would come up and show us a cell phone with a text message on it,” Munn shared. “And he texted to the actors, ‘Hey guys. I’m busy right now. But just go ahead and start filming without me.’ And we’d be like, ‘OK.’ And I never thought any of it was normal, but I didn’t realise that other people also thought it wasn’t normal.”

Munn shared that she was originally bewildered by his “strange” behaviour, but thought perhaps it was normal on blockbuster movie sets.

“I never shot a huge movie like that before. I didn’t know what was right or wrong, but I did know that it seems strange that Bryan Singer could check out and say he had a thyroid issue,” she quipped.

She then blasted studio executives for continuing to give Singer high-profile directing gigs, such as the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Singer was fired from the movie due to his absence and clashes with leading man Rami Malek and was replaced by Dexter Fletcher.

Responding to Munn, Singer’s publicist Howard Bragman said: “He saw doctors in Montreal and then came back to see doctors in Los Angeles. And to the best of our recollection, it only affected two days of shooting.”

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Taron Egerton’s singing skills helped Dexter Fletcher make Rocketman a musical

Taron Egerton’s vocal abilities helped director Dexter Fletcher realise his vision of making his Elton John biopic a musical.Dexter, who helped turn another rock movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, into a blockbuster success after replacing fired director Brya…

Taron Egerton’s vocal abilities helped director Dexter Fletcher realise his vision of making his Elton John biopic a musical.

Dexter, who helped turn another rock movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, into a blockbuster success after replacing fired director Bryan Singer late in production, charts Elton’s path to global success in his new movie Rocketman.

To capture the music legend’s outlandish life on screen, the filmmaker wanted the feature to feel more like musical theatre – so fans felt like they were on stage – and key to this was casting an actor with a great voice.

“We always set out to make a musical, and if you go and see a musical anywhere, the actor sings, people sing,” he told Collider. “If you go and see something on stage you would expect the actor to sing. People don’t come out and mime.”

Praising the Welsh star, he revealed Taron’s vocal talents meant he could quickly pivot from dramatic dialogue to performances of Elton’s iconic tracks, just like in a musical.

“What it allows me to do with someone like Taron, who has this incredible instrument, is that we can have a dramatic scene and segue seamlessly into a musical number, because then that song can come out of a dramatic emotional moment and he can just launch into the song,” he explained.

During the chat, Dexter also revealed that fans can expect to hear a vast array of Elton’s hits during the movie, as more than 20 feature, including a lengthy rendition of the title track.

Rocketman debuts in cinemas next month (May19).

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Studio bosses call for nude sex scene to be cut from Rocketman – report

Studio executives have reportedly called for a nude sex scene to be cut from Elton John biopic Rocketman.Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, the upcoming film follows the British superstar’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy…

Studio executives have reportedly called for a nude sex scene to be cut from Elton John biopic Rocketman.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, the upcoming film follows the British superstar’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, through to his musical partnership with Bernie Taupin, as well as his struggles with substance abuse, depression, and acceptance of his sexual orientation.

Elton is played by Welsh star Taron Egerton, while Richard Madden takes on the part of his former lover and long-time manager John Reid, however, editors at The Daily Mail have now reported that Paramount Pictures bosses have demanded one raunchy sequence be dropped from the movie. According to writer Baz Bamigboye, the “tastefully done” scene shows John and Reid “writhing on a bed” with fully exposed “derrieres” on display.

“Nonetheless, Paramount are forcing the director to cut the scene so it will have an American PG 13 rating,” he claimed, adding that the PG 13 rating is equivalent to a 12A rating in the U.K.

In addition, The Daily Mail alleged that the moment will now be reduced to a “fully dressed warm hello,” even though John was fine with the film receiving a restricted rating and apparently instructed the producers and director at the start of production: “Tell it all. Go as R-rated as you need to.”

The reason for studio leaders wanting to tone down references to the Sacrifice singer’s relationships may have to do with the success of 2018 Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, in which Fletcher took over as director following the firing of Bryan Singer in December 2017.

Though the feature received mixed reviews from critics, especially in relation to the portrayal of frontman Freddie Mercury’s sexuality, it was a major box office success and won four Oscars, with lead actor Rami Malek taking home the prize for Best Actor.

Representatives for Paramount Pictures have not yet commented on the report.

Rocketman, also starring Jamie Bell and Bryce Dallas Howard, is set to hit cinemas in May.

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Red Sonja remake shelved amid Brian Singer drama

The much-anticipated Red Sonja remake has been shelved amid director Bryan Singer’s fight against underage sex allegations. Millennium Films bosses have scrapped plans to start shooting the movie in Bulgaria later this year (19) as Singer battles accu…

The much-anticipated Red Sonja remake has been shelved amid director Bryan Singer’s fight against underage sex allegations.

Millennium Films bosses have scrapped plans to start shooting the movie in Bulgaria later this year (19) as Singer battles accusations he had sex with teenagers, which were printed in a recent The Atlantic expose.

The X-Men director has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, calling The Atlantic’s article a “homophobic smear piece”, and he has not officially been removed from the Red Sonja film, but the project’s producer Avi Lerner has taken back comments he made last month (Jan19) about supporting Singer, insisting what he said “came out the wrong way”.

But Lerner insisted last week (ends08Feb19) he still plans to wait to hear if his director is guilty before deciding Red Sonja’s future, adding, “I think victims should be heard and this allegation should be taken very, very seriously. I just don’t agree to judge by Twitter. I want him (the accused) to be judged by the court.”

The Red Sonja news comes days after BAFTA bosses removed the filmmaker from contention in its Outstanding British Film category for Bohemian Rhapsody due to the allegations.

They announced they would be suspending his name until he was cleared of the allegations made against him.

Singer retained a director credit for the Queen biopic even though he didn’t complete the film – he was fired by movie bosses in December, 2017 for failing to report back to the set after a Thanksgiving break.

The embattled filmmaker was first linked to the Red Sonja remake last year (18). Ashley Miller, who worked with Singer on X-Men: First Class, was slated to write the screenplay for the film, which has been in development for over 10 years.

In 2008, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and his then-girlfriend Rose McGowan signed on to remake the movie, which originally starred Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1985, but the project never came to fruition.

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Bohemian Rhapsody loses GLAAD Award nomination over new Bryan Singer allegations

Organisers of the GLAAD Media Awards have rescinded a nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody after its director Bryan Singer was hit with fresh allegations of sexual misconduct. The Queen biopic had been nominated in the Outstanding Film – Wide Release cate…

Organisers of the GLAAD Media Awards have rescinded a nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody after its director Bryan Singer was hit with fresh allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Queen biopic had been nominated in the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category by members of GLAAD, a media monitoring organisation which focuses on the depiction of LGBTQ people, but on Thursday (24Jan19) they told Variety.com that they had pulled the nomination in response to an article published in The Atlantic on Wednesday in which Singer was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with four underage boys.

“This week’s story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by young men and teenage boys brought to light a reality that cannot be ignored or even tacitly rewarded,” a GLAAD spokesperson said.

They also took issue with Singer’s denial statement, in which he called the article a “homophobic smear piece”.

“Singer’s response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used ‘homophobia’ to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first,” the statement continued.

In the expose, Singer was accused of having sex with or inappropriately touching four men back in the 1990s, when they were underage and Singer was in his 30s. The 53-year-old director, who was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody weeks before the end of the shoot, has denied the allegations.

After the article was published, many wondered if the X-Men filmmaker would continue to serve as director of the remake of 1985 action film Red Sonja.

On Thursday, producer and Millennium Films Chairman Avi Lerner issued a statement backing Singer, saying the success of the biopic is “testament to his remarkable vision and acumen.”

“I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision. In America people are innocent until proven otherwise,” he concluded.

Actress Brigitte Nielsen, who starred in the original Red Sonja, told TMZ.com that Singer is innocent until proven guilty and should only be removed from the remake if turns out he did do what he’s accused of.

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Bryan Singer hits out at new allegations of sexual misconduct

Filmmaker Bryan Singer has hit out at a new expose detailing alleged sexual misconduct against him, insisting there is no truth to the claims in the article. The X-Men director hit headlines on Wednesday (23Jan19) when editors at The Atlantic publishe…

Filmmaker Bryan Singer has hit out at a new expose detailing alleged sexual misconduct against him, insisting there is no truth to the claims in the article.

The X-Men director hit headlines on Wednesday (23Jan19) when editors at The Atlantic published a report about four men who have come forward to accuse Singer of having sexual encounters with them in the late 1990s, when they were teenagers.

Bryan denied all of the allegations against him through his attorney, and he is now speaking out directly to blast reporters Alex French and Maximillian Potter, who are also affiliated with Esquire magazine, which is where the expose had been expected to appear initially. In October (18), the 53 year old criticised editors at Esquire and claimed they were about to publish the negative expose to coincide with the release of award-winning Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, from which Singer was fired in 2017.

“The last time I posted about this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997,” a statement from Singer reads. “After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism.”

“That didn’t stop this writer from selling it to The Atlantic,” it continues. “It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity. Again, I am forced to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits filed by a disreputable cast of individuals willing to lie for money or attention.

“And it is no surprise that, with Bohemian Rhapsody being an award-winning hit, this homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage of its success.”

Singer was previously accused of sexual assault by Michael Egan in 2014, but the case was later dropped. He is currently being sued by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who claims the filmmaker sexually assaulted him in 2003 – when he was 17 years old. Singer has denied the claim.

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Bryan Singer ‘honoured’ after Globes win despite backlash surrounding sexual misconduct scandal

Director Bryan Singer ignored the speculation about his sexual misconduct scandal as he expressed his delight over his movie Bohemian Rhapsody’s wins at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (06Jan19)The film, which tells the story of Queen’s start i…

Director Bryan Singer ignored the speculation about his sexual misconduct scandal as he expressed his delight over his movie Bohemian Rhapsody’s wins at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (06Jan19)

The film, which tells the story of Queen’s start in the music industry, took home gongs for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury in the movie.

While he was absent from the Los Angeles ceremony himself, Singer, who quit the movie during production and was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, took to his Instagram to share a behind the scenes snap of filming, and wrote: “What an honour. Thank you #HollywoodForeignPress.”

The moviemaker hit headlines in 2017, when it emerged that a Washington man had filed a lawsuit against him, alleging the star sexually assaulted him in 2003 – when he was 17 years old. Singer has denied the accusations.

He was also accused of assault by Michael Egan in 2014, but Egan later confessed his claims were not true and apologised.

While Singer has yet to be arrested or charged with any crimes, it seems many of his peers are struggling to move on from the scandal. Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood likened the situation to that of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein – both of whom have been accused of sexual misconduct and assault.

“So we just… we are all still supposed to be pretending we dont know about Bryan Singer? Cause it worked out really well with #Spacey and #Weinstein,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her performance in the breakout movie, found herself under fire after tweeting her delight over Bohemian Rhapsody’s victories.

“IM SO HAPPY RAMI MALEK AND BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY WON GOLDEN GLOBES IM THRILLED TONIGHT IS THE BEST NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” she wrote.

After facing backlash from her followers, Elsie wrote: “Why is everyone being so mean about this? I’m genuinely sorry if I did something wrong.”

The 15-year-old later added: “My thoughts on this – please educate me in the future if I do something problematic. I want to better myself and grow! I was also vaguely aware the director of said film was bad but had no other information as to why he was considered such or what he had done. I know now.

“I’ll continue to be proud of Rami and the supporting cast because they are incredible, but otherwise I will hold back. Understand this though; there are many problematic people in Hollywood, and as someone who is busy frequently I don’t always have time to keep up. So tell me.”

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Bohemian Rhapsody star talks Bryan Singer’s ‘weird’ exit from movie

Bohemian Rhapsody star Joe Mazzello admits director Bryan Singer’s departure from the movie was “weird”. Singer was fired more than halfway into production by studio bosses at Fox, who cited his “unexpected unavailability” as the reasons behind his …

Bohemian Rhapsody star Joe Mazzello admits director Bryan Singer’s departure from the movie was “weird”.

Singer was fired more than halfway into production by studio bosses at Fox, who cited his “unexpected unavailability” as the reasons behind his exit.

However, the X-Men director alleged bosses refused to let him have much-needed time off.

Multiple outlets also reported that Singer and leading man Rami Malek clashed on set and had creative differences when it came to the Queen biopic.

Mazzello, who plays Queen bassist John Deacon in the film, told PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing that despite the circumstances, he adapted well to Singer’s firing.

“It was sorta weird,” he confessed. “Doing something like (HBO miniseries) The Pacific helps, where you have multiple directors… one director does one episode, another director does another episode. We sorta tried to think of it in that way.”

While the transition was strange for Mazzello and the rest of the cast, the 35-year-old actor had nothing but praise for Singer’s replacement, British director Dexter Fletcher.

“When Dexter came on and brought his energy, that guy, he must have 10 coffees a day, because he is the most wonderful man. He’s got the greatest heart and the biggest voice and just like made us pumped up and excited to come to work,” he gushed.

And the Eddie the Eagle director brought a new lease of life to the film set, which helped the cast adjust to his arrival.

“A lot of the scenes (Fletcher) did were some of the playful fun scenes near the beginning of the film and so it was really good. Everyone played to their strengths,” Mazzello added.

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