Trivia / X2: X-Men United

  • Acting for Two: Of a sort. The 'Grace' persona that Mystique uses to seduce the security guard is just Rebecca Romijn out of make-up. She's billed for playing Mystique and Grace in the end credits.
  • Actor Allusion: Brian Cox is responsible for creating an amnesiac killing machine, something he also did in The Long Kiss Goodnight. He also is implied to drown when the dam collapses. In the latter film his character is last seen dead underwater.
  • Cast the Expert:
    • Professional mimes were hired for the scenes where Xavier freezes people in the room - naturally because they'd be able to hold still for longer than regular extras.
    • Alan Cumming speaks fluent German and was cast as Nightcrawler for this reason.
  • Casting Gag: Two voice actors from X-Men: Evolution (which was airing at the time) cameo in the movie. David Kaye, who voices Xavier, appears as a TV announcer. Chiara Zanni, who voices Jubilee, is the tour guide in the White House.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
    • In a ridiculously inaccurate negative review by Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post it quickly became clear that he did not bother to watch the movie, or was distracted for most of its length. At one point, he said that Rogue had the power to reverse time, even going so far as to call her "the Mistress of Rewind." He was apparently confused by the scenes in which she extinguishes flames (using Pyro's power) and makes Wolverine's wounds reappear (he let her borrow his Healing Factor. His wounds reappearing is another problem) note .
    • A review in the Irish Times complained that a character who had been killed in the first film was somehow alive in the second... except he wasn't: Mystique the shapeshifter had taken his place. This was not only pointed out explicitly in the first film (for those viewers too sleepy to notice the characteristic flash of yellow eyes) but was a pivotal plot point in the second, which makes you wonder if the reviewer actually bothered to watch the film.
    • One TIME magazine profile of Alan Cumming described him as playing a "mutant villain". As in, Nightcrawler. Granted, it's an easy mistake to make if you only read the Wikipedia article on the movie, in which the first sentence of the plot summary reads, "Nightcrawler, a teleporting mutant, attempts to assassinate the President of the United States," and (as of this writing) doesn't actually explain that he was Brainwashed and Crazy even if you read on from there. Perhaps they should have bypassed the question of which side he was on and just pointed out that he spent up to nine hours getting the makeup put on him, which would be the only interesting part to someone who hadn't seen the movie anyway.
  • Creator Cameo: Bryan Singer cameos as one of the security guards at Magneto's prison.
  • Deleted Role: The film was meant to feature brief cameos from Beast and Gambit during the brainwashed Professor X's telepathic attack on the mutants, which would have caused their powers to flare involuntarily, but the sequence was cut. The characters would later appear in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, respectively.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • One early scene has Jubilee wandering off at the museum, looking at an exhibit on evolution and suffering a painful spasm, which two elderly people witness.
    • A major one has part of Jason Stryker's headgames, with him pretending to free the Professor, who then frees Cyclops, with the two escaping in a helicopter to the school, utterly confused as to where everyone went. The Professor goes to check on Cerebro, while "Scott" vanishes, his part in the illusion over. This led directly into the scene where the Professor finds Jason's little girl avatar, explaining what he was doing there. It was removed because test audiences didn't get what was going on.
  • Fake American: The Scottish Brian Cox as Stryker.
  • Fake Nationality: The German Nightcrawler is played by Scotsman Alan Cumming.
  • Making Use of the Twin:
    • A hilarious variation. Hugh Jackman's sister visited the set one day. As a joke, she was made up like Wolverine and walked around the set in costume. She even shot some scenes. Bryan Singer didn't realise the difference at first, merely wondering why Hugh was acting so strangely that day.
    • A straight example when Mystique impersonates the janitor in Stryker's office. She walks by the real one while in disguise. Identical twins were used to achieve the shot.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Brian Cox, who played William Stryker is said by fans to be a very likeable, down to earth laidback guy in real life. He and Patrick Stewart are also good friends, and were excited to finally work together on a film.
  • The Other Darrin: Pyro, Jubilee, and Shadowcat are played by different people.
  • Playing Gertrude: Stryker implies that he's twenty something years older than Senator Kelly. Brian Cox and Bruce Davison are born twenty seven days apart.
  • Referenced by...: The "What If Wes Anderson Directed X-Men?" video contains a joke where Wolverine is identified as the art teacher at Xavier's school.
    Iceman: (watches as Wolverine dramatically runs towards a Sentinel) Who was that?!
    Angel: I think he's the art teacher!
  • Refitted for Sequel: The bathroom set was originally built for a flashback scene Cyclops discovering his powers, that was left before being shot. Also, a scene similar to what they'd intended turns up in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and later X-Men: Apocalypse.
  • Wag the Director: By shooting time for the film, Halle Berry had more clout, and used it to give herself a bigger part (and more money) in the movie, and lo, here comes her conversations with Nightcrawler and strange use of powers against the missiles.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, Magneto would have rescued Professor X from Dark Cerebro instead of trying to Kill All Humans, and escaped with the other X-Men. This was rewritten to give Storm and Nightcrawler something to do and to keep Magneto's ruthlessness.
    • The Sentinels were also supposed to appear as part of Stryker's attack on the school, and concept art of them was included in the movie's DVD release.
    • Originally, Ray Park was to return as Toad and get into a fight with Nightcrawler; however, schedule conflicts prevented this. As a result, the set that was built just for this scene was not used.
    • Hank was supposed to be shown turning into Beast when the "destroy all Mutants" plan was launched toward the end of X-2, showing that his human-looking self was some sort of disguise. Angel was considered for the film too, but left out because the cast size was getting too bloated. He appeared in the next film.
    • Shaquille O'Neal really wanted to be in the movie and lobbied hard for a part, to no avail.
    • The Danger Room was going to feature in the film. When Scott, Jean and Storm are away, Wolverine would take some of the students for a workout in the room. A sneak peak of how it would look was even in the teaser trailer. But the budget got cut down, and the scene had to be scrapped.
    • Many of Cyclops's scenes were cut from the final film. Including the extended deleted scene mentioned above, he also had a longer fight scene with Deathstrike.
    • A planned idea was for Jean to be rendered blind after her fight with the brainwashed Cyclops. It was filmed as such but dropped later in production. If you pay close attention when Wolverine shuts the dam door to save them from the water, Jean is the only one not looking at him.
    • Pyro attacking the police cars was planned to end with Storm putting out the fires with a sudden rainfall. The budget didn't allow for this, so they had Rogue drain his powers and put the fires out herself.

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