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* SleeperHit: ''X-Men'' had its release date moved forward and its budget slashed (with some planned action sequences and characters cut from the movie in pre-production), with then-Fox exec Tom Rothman fully expecting that the movie would bomb and that the company could sell the rights back to Marvel in order to cut their losses. Instead, the movie managed to nearly quadruple its production budget in raw gross and help revitalize a genre that would go on to completely change the face of Hollywood. Amusingly, Fox would become very apprehensive about sharing the ''X-Men'' rights for decades, until [[CuttingTheGordianKnot Marvel's parent company bought them out]].


* CastTheRunnerUp: Wrestling/KevinNash was originally cast as Sabretooth with Wrestling/TylerMane as his StuntDouble. When Nash dropped out, Mane got the part.

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* CastTheRunnerUp: Wrestling/KevinNash was originally cast as Sabretooth with Wrestling/TylerMane Tyler Mane as his StuntDouble. When Nash dropped out, Mane got the part.

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* CastTheRunnerUp: Wrestling/KevinNash was originally cast as Sabretooth with Wrestling/TylerMane as his StuntDouble. When Nash dropped out, Mane got the part.


* LogoJoke: Watch carefully when the 20th Century Fox fanfare ends and you'll notice the first of many SigilSpam uses of X throughout the film: the image fades to black, but the X stays lit just a little bit longer than the rest.



* VanityPlate: Watch carefully when the 20th Century Fox fanfare ends and you'll notice the first of many SigilSpam uses of X throughout the film: the image fades to black, but the X stays lit just a little bit longer than the rest.


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** Creator/HughJackman is a foot taller than Wolverine in the comics, but his performance has won over the fandom, and it's now difficult to imagine someone else replacing him.

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** Creator/HughJackman is a foot taller than Wolverine in the comics, but his performance has won over the fandom, and it's now difficult to imagine someone else replacing him.him... So Fox never did.


** Rebecca Romijn said that due to waking up early to spend hours receiving Mystique's make-up, "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." The eyeball-covering yellow lenses (used only here, as to make it easier on her, the sequels painted in post) and being basically naked during a really cold winter only made things more uncomfortable.



** When Senator Kelly is being assaulted by Mystique in the helicopter, Bruce Davison is really being struck in the face - Rebecca Romijn couldn't avoid hitting him with her foot given the yellow lenses made it hard to see.



* FakeNationality: The Canadian Wolverine is played by the Australian Creator/HughJackman. American Creator/HalleBerry attempted a strange Kenyan accent for Storm (an actual African), although she dropped it after this film. It seemed to be a (poor) imitation of the rather odd British-African accent American Iona Morris used for [[WesternAnimation/XMen the 1992 cartoon series]].

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* FakeNationality: The Canadian Wolverine is played by the Australian Creator/HughJackman. American Creator/HalleBerry attempted a strange Kenyan accent for Storm (an actual African), although she dropped it after this film. It seemed to be a (poor) imitation of the rather odd British-African accent American Iona Morris used for [[WesternAnimation/XMen the 1992 cartoon series]]. And British Creator/IanMcKellen as Magneto.


** Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/ChristopherLee, and Creator/TerenceStamp were considered for the role of [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Erik Lehnsherr]] before Creator/IanMcKellen was cast.
*** [[Film/{{Exotica}} David Hemblen]], who previously portrayed Magneto in ''[[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]]'', was at one being point looked at to play the character again, which would have been a simultaneous CastingGag and RoleReprisal.


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** Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/ChristopherLee, and Creator/TerenceStamp were considered for the role of [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Erik Lehnsherr]] before Creator/IanMcKellen was cast.
*** [[Film/{{Exotica}} David Hemblen]], who previously portrayed Magneto in ''[[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]]'', was at one being point looked at to play the character again, which would have been a simultaneous CastingGag and RoleReprisal.


** [[Series/LaFemmeNikita Peta Wilson]] was the original candidate for the part of ComicBook/JeanGrey , but turned down the offer due to scheduling issues with ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.

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** [[Series/LaFemmeNikita Peta Wilson]] was the original candidate for the part of ComicBook/JeanGrey , ComicBook/JeanGrey, but turned down the offer due to scheduling issues with ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.



** Music/JanetJackson, Creator/JadaPinkett-Smith, and Creator/AngelaBassett were considered for the role of [[ComicBook/{{Storm}} Ororo Munroe]] before Creator/HalleBerry was cast. Bassett would later go on to portray Queen Ramonda in ''Film/BlackPanther2018''.

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** Music/JanetJackson, Creator/JadaPinkett-Smith, Creator/JadaPinkett, and Creator/AngelaBassett were considered for the role of [[ComicBook/{{Storm}} Ororo Munroe]] before Creator/HalleBerry was cast. Bassett would later go on to portray Queen Ramonda in ''Film/BlackPanther2018''.


** Dougray Scott was originally cast as Wolverine in the film, but dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/MissionImpossibleII''.
** Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/KeanuReeves, Creator/ViggoMortensen, Creator/EdwardNorton, Creator/GarySinise, Creator/BobHoskins, Creator/MelGibson, and Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme were also considered for the part of Wolverine before the casting of Jackman.
** Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/ChristopherLee, and Creator/TerenceStamp were considered for the role of ComicBook/{{Magneto}} before Creator/IanMcKellen was cast.
** David Hemblen, who previously portrayed Magneto in ''[[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]]'', was at one being point looked at to play the character again, which would have been a simultaneous CastingGag and RoleReprisal.
** Creator/ThomasJane was reportedly approached for the role of Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}, but turned it down due to his lack of interest in comic book movies. However, Jane would eventually change his mind about the film genre and went on to play the titular part in ''Film/ThePunisher2004''.
** Creator/JimCaviezel was initially cast as Cyclops, but departed the film due to prior commitments to ''Film/{{Frequency}}.''
** Creator/BenAffleck, Creator/MattDamon, Creator/EthanHawke, and D.B. Sweeney were considered for the part of Cyclops as well before the casting of Creator/JamesMarsden.
** Peta Wilson was the original candidate for the part of ComicBook/JeanGrey, but turned down the offer due to scheduling issues with ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.
** Creator/JeriRyan, Creator/MariaBello, Creator/SelmaBlair, [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Renee O'Connor]], and Creator/LucyLawless were considered for Jean Grey as well before the casting of Creator/FamkeJanssen.
** Creator/NataliePortman was offered the role of ComicBook/{{Rogue}}, but turned it down due to scheduling issues with ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Portman would eventually go on to portray Jane Foster in the first two ComicBook/{{Thor}} films.
** Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt, Creator/DrewBarrymore, Creator/ChristinaRicci, Creator/AliciaSilverstone, Creator/KatieHolmes, Creator/KirstenDunst, and Creator/KatharineIsabelle were also considered for the part of Rogue before the casting of Creator/AnnaPaquin.

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** *** [[Film/MissionImpossibleII Dougray Scott Scott]] was originally cast as Wolverine in the film, but dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/MissionImpossibleII''.
** *** Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/KeanuReeves, Creator/ViggoMortensen, Creator/EdwardNorton, Creator/GarySinise, Creator/BobHoskins, Creator/MelGibson, and Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme were also considered for the part of Wolverine before the casting of Jackman.
** Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/ChristopherLee, and Creator/TerenceStamp were considered for the role of ComicBook/{{Magneto}} [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Erik Lehnsherr]] before Creator/IanMcKellen was cast.
** *** [[Film/{{Exotica}} David Hemblen, Hemblen]], who previously portrayed Magneto in ''[[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]]'', was at one being point looked at to play the character again, which would have been a simultaneous CastingGag and RoleReprisal.
** Creator/ThomasJane was reportedly approached for the role of Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}, [[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} Scott Summers]], but turned it down due to his lack of interest in comic book movies. However, Jane would eventually change his mind about the film genre and went on to play the titular part in ''Film/ThePunisher2004''.
** *** Creator/JimCaviezel was initially cast as Cyclops, but departed the film due to prior commitments to ''Film/{{Frequency}}.''
** *** Creator/BenAffleck, Creator/MattDamon, Creator/EthanHawke, and D.B. Sweeney [[Series/StrangeLuck DB Sweeney]] were considered for the part of Cyclops as well before the casting of Creator/JamesMarsden.
** [[Series/LaFemmeNikita Peta Wilson Wilson]] was the original candidate for the part of ComicBook/JeanGrey, ComicBook/JeanGrey , but turned down the offer due to scheduling issues with ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.
** *** Creator/JeriRyan, Creator/MariaBello, Creator/SelmaBlair, [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Renee O'Connor]], and Creator/LucyLawless were considered for Jean Grey as well before the casting of Creator/FamkeJanssen.
** Creator/NataliePortman was offered the role of ComicBook/{{Rogue}}, but turned it down due to scheduling issues with ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Portman would eventually go on to portray [[ComicBook/{{Thor2014}} Jane Foster Foster]] in the first two ComicBook/{{Thor}} films.
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Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
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Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt, Creator/DrewBarrymore, Creator/ChristinaRicci, Creator/AliciaSilverstone, Creator/KatieHolmes, Creator/KirstenDunst, and Creator/KatharineIsabelle were also considered for the part of Rogue before the casting of Creator/AnnaPaquin.



** Creator/RobertRodriguez and Creator/TimBurton were offered to direct the movie as well, but both turned down the offer in favor of directing ''Film/SpyKids1'' and ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001'' respectively.
** Creator/DannyBoyle, Creator/RichardDonner, Creator/JohnMcTiernan, and Creator/JoelSchumacher were also considered to direct the movie before Creator/BryanSinger was hired.

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** *** Creator/RobertRodriguez and Creator/TimBurton were offered to direct the movie as well, but both turned down the offer in favor of directing ''Film/SpyKids1'' and ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001'' respectively.
** *** Creator/DannyBoyle, Creator/RichardDonner, Creator/JohnMcTiernan, and Creator/JoelSchumacher were also considered to direct the movie before Creator/BryanSinger was hired.



** Andrew Kevin Walker (screenwriter of ''Film/FightClub'') wrote an unused script in 1994, which had Xavier recruit Logan to assist Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel. They fight the Brotherhood of Mutants, which consisted of Magneto, Sabretooth, Toad, and the Blob, who are trying to conquer New York City, while Henry Peter Gyrich and Bolivar Trask attack the X-Men with three 8 feet (2.4 m) tall Sentinels. The script focused on the rivalry between Wolverine and Cyclops, as well as the latter's self-doubt as a field leader. Part of the backstory invented for Magneto made him the cause of the Chernobyl disaster. The script also featured the X-Copter and the Danger Room.
** Creator/MichaelChabon unsuccessfully pitched a story treatment focused on character development and interpersonal relationships, to the point that the first movie would have been entirely about building the team, and the supervillains wouldn't have shown up until the second movie.
** Creator/JossWhedon, who was hired to script-doctor the first film, did a complete rewrite. His draft would've featured a romance between Logan and Storm, Magneto trying to turn Manhattan into a sanctuary for mutants, and Jean becoming Phoenix at the end. It got thrown out except for a couple of lines, the most notorious being: "Do you know what happens when a toad gets struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else." The standard explanation of this is that among the other things removed were Toad having a CatchPhrase that made this line an IronicEcho. In the released film, it's a NonSequitur instead.

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** [[Film/FightClub Andrew Kevin Walker (screenwriter of ''Film/FightClub'') Walker]] wrote an unused script in 1994, which had Xavier recruit Logan to assist Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel. They fight the Brotherhood of Mutants, which consisted of Magneto, Sabretooth, Toad, and the Blob, who are trying to conquer New York City, while Henry Peter Gyrich and Bolivar Trask attack the X-Men with three 8 feet (2.4 m) tall Sentinels. The script focused on the rivalry between Wolverine and Cyclops, as well as the latter's self-doubt as a field leader. Part of the backstory invented for Magneto made him the cause of the Chernobyl disaster. The script also featured the X-Copter and the Danger Room.
** Creator/MichaelChabon unsuccessfully pitched a story treatment focused on character development and interpersonal relationships, to the point that the first movie would have been entirely about building the team, team and the supervillains wouldn't have shown up until the second movie.
** Creator/JossWhedon, who was hired to script-doctor the first film, did a complete rewrite. His draft would've featured a romance between Logan and Storm, Magneto trying to turn Manhattan into a sanctuary for mutants, and Jean becoming Phoenix at the end. It got thrown out except for a couple of lines, the most notorious being: "Do being:
--->"Do
you know what happens when a toad gets struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else." "
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The standard explanation of this is that among the other things removed were Toad having a CatchPhrase that made this line an IronicEcho. In the released film, it's a NonSequitur instead.


** Referencing the death of Magneto's mother, a negative review in ''People Magazine'' said, "Since when do superheroes have such traumatic backstories?" They pretty much always have. Both Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/{{Superman}}'s birth parents were also killed when they were children. Even older superheroes such as Radio/TheShadow, Franchise/DocSavage, or ComicStrip/ThePhantom also tended to have tragic backstories.

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** Referencing the death of Magneto's mother, holocaust backstory and Wolverine's DarkAndTroubledPast, a negative review in ''People Magazine'' said, "Since when do superheroes have such traumatic backstories?" They pretty much always have. Both Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/{{Superman}}'s birth parents were also killed when they were children. Even older superheroes such as Radio/TheShadow, Franchise/DocSavage, or ComicStrip/ThePhantom also tended to have tragic backstories.


** A review, this one appearing in the ''New Times Los Angeles'', blasted the film for departing from the comic's signature yellow-and-blue costumes, and for giving ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, the "master of all evil", a sympathetic Holocaust-survivor {{backstory}}. Which shows that he did actually read the comic... in the '60s, and not once since.
*** Similarly, a ''New York Times'' piece on ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' erroneously claimed that Creator/BryanSinger came up with the idea of Magneto's Holocaust backstory.
** A negative review of ''People Magazine'', among other things, said, "Since when do superheroes have such traumatic backstories?" Oh, since about [[Franchise/{{Batman}} 1939]]?[[note]][[Franchise/{{Superman}} 1938]] if we count mass-extinction. Earlier still, if we count comic adaptations of pre-existing superheroes like Radio/TheShadow, Franchise/DocSavage, or ComicStrip/ThePhantom.[[/note]]

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** A review, this one appearing in the ''New Times Los Angeles'', blasted the film for departing from the comic's signature yellow-and-blue costumes, and for giving ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, the "master of all evil", a sympathetic Holocaust-survivor {{backstory}}. Which shows that he did actually read the comic... in the '60s, and not once since.
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since. Similarly, a ''New York Times'' piece on ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' erroneously claimed that Creator/BryanSinger came up with the idea of Magneto's Holocaust backstory.
** A Referencing the death of Magneto's mother, a negative review of in ''People Magazine'', among other things, Magazine'' said, "Since when do superheroes have such traumatic backstories?" Oh, since about [[Franchise/{{Batman}} 1939]]?[[note]][[Franchise/{{Superman}} 1938]] if we count mass-extinction. Earlier still, if we count comic adaptations of pre-existing They pretty much always have. Both Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/{{Superman}}'s birth parents were also killed when they were children. Even older superheroes like such as Radio/TheShadow, Franchise/DocSavage, or ComicStrip/ThePhantom.[[/note]]ComicStrip/ThePhantom also tended to have tragic backstories.


** Magneto is very muscular in the comics, but the slender Creator/IanMcKellen was cast because he's one of the finest actors on the planet.

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** Magneto is very muscular in the comics, but the slender Creator/IanMcKellen was cast because he's one of the finest actors on the planet. It was never really in the cards to cast an actor old enough to be a Holocaust survivor who also has a supervillain physique.



* DyeingForYourArt: Creator/HughJackman admits to having taken the role of Logan without understanding what it meant to have a superhero physique. He showed up on set having done only a few weeks of physical training and director Creator/BryanSinger immediately rearranged the shooting schedule so that they would shoot Jackman's shirtless scenes towards the end of production and told Jackman to hit the gym. Jackman would be much more dedicated in developing his body for his future appearances.

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* DyeingForYourArt: Creator/HughJackman admits to having taken the role of Logan without understanding what it meant to have a superhero physique. He showed up on set having done only a few weeks of physical training and director Creator/BryanSinger immediately rearranged the shooting schedule so that they would shoot Jackman's shirtless scenes towards the end of production and told Jackman to hit the gym. Jackman would be much more dedicated in developing his body for his future appearances.He apparently never left, because later installments of the series showcase Jackman's now-ridiculously chiseled physique.



* IronyAsSheIsCast: Neither Creator/PatrickStewart onr Creator/IanMcKellen knew how to play chess during filming. A chess master came in to teach them.

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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Neither Creator/PatrickStewart onr nor Creator/IanMcKellen knew how to play chess during filming. A chess master came in to teach them.



* ScullyBox: Creator/HughJackman is a healthy 6'1, whereas Wolverine is supposed to be about a foot shorter. Creator/JamesMarsden is 5'11, a reasonable height but Cyclops is supposed to be about 6'4 and tower over everyone. Complicating it further was that Creator/FamkeJanssen is slightly taller than Marsden. A number of tricks were done in order to make Jackman look shorter than he is and Marsden taller than he is. Rather notably, when the jet lands at Liberty Island and the team mobilizes in a wide shot you can see the huge platform shoes Marsden was wearing. This continued in X2, but afterwards the film series stopped worrying about how tall Jackman was.

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* ScullyBox: Creator/HughJackman is a healthy 6'1, whereas Wolverine is supposed to be about a foot shorter. Creator/JamesMarsden is 5'11, a reasonable height but Cyclops is supposed to be about 6'4 6'2 and tower over everyone. Complicating it further was that Creator/FamkeJanssen is slightly taller 6'0. While James Marsden is reasonably tall at 5'10, the filmmakers didn't want Cyclops to be noticeably shorter than Marsden. both Wolverine and his own love interest. A number of tricks were done in order to make Jackman look shorter than he is and up the difference, including Marsden taller than he is. Rather notably, when the jet lands at Liberty Island and the team mobilizes in a wide shot you can see the huge standing on apple boxes or wearing platform shoes shoes. Janssen also went barefoot in some scenes where her feet aren't visible. A behind-the-scenes feature showcases Marsden was wearing. This continued in X2, but afterwards the film series stopped worrying humorously grousing about how tall Jackman was.needing such tricks.



** Reports suggest that the actual script of the movie didn't have {{Wolverine}} saying "bub," but Creator/HughJackman, as a fan of the character, threw it in. Some reports state that he actually "threw it in" many, many times. They just only kept some of them. When Wolverine meet Professor X, he says "What do they call you -- ''Wheels''?" where the Wheels part was ad-libbed. The scripted line was "What do they call you -- ''Baldie''?"

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** Reports suggest that the actual script of the movie didn't have {{Wolverine}} saying "bub," but Creator/HughJackman, as a fan of the character, Creator/HughJackman threw it in. Some reports state that he actually "threw it in" many, many times. They just only kept some of them. When Wolverine meet Professor X, he says "What do they call you -- ''Wheels''?" where the Wheels part was ad-libbed. The scripted line was "What do they call you -- ''Baldie''?"



*** [[Film/MissionImpossibleII Dougray Scott]] was originally cast as Wolverine in the film, but dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/MissionImpossibleII''.
*** Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/KeanuReeves, Creator/ViggoMortensen, Creator/EdwardNorton, Creator/GarySinise, Creator/BobHoskins, Creator/MelGibson, and Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme were also considered for the part of Wolverine before the casting of Jackman.
** Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/ChristopherLee, and Creator/TerenceStamp were considered for the role of [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Erik Lehnsherr]] before Creator/IanMcKellen was cast.
*** [[Film/{{Exotica}} David Hemblen]], who previously portrayed Magneto in ''[[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]]'', was at one being point looked at to play the character again, which would have been a simultaneous CastingGag and RoleReprisal.
** Creator/ThomasJane was reportedly approached for the role of [[Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} Scott Summers]], but turned it down due to his lack of interest in comic book movies. However, Jane would eventually change his mind about the film genre and went on to play the titular part in ''Film/ThePunisher2004''.
*** Creator/JimCaviezel was initially cast as Cyclops, but departed the film due to prior commitments to ''Film/{{Frequency}}.''
*** Creator/BenAffleck, Creator/MattDamon, Creator/EthanHawke, and [[Series/StrangeLuck DB Sweeney]] were considered for the part of Cyclops as well before the casting of Creator/JamesMarsden.
** [[Series/LaFemmeNikita Peta Wilson]] was the original candidate for the part of ComicBook/JeanGrey, but turned down the offer due to scheduling issues with ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.
*** Creator/JeriRyan, Creator/MariaBello, Creator/SelmaBlair, [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Renee O'Connor]], and Creator/LucyLawless were considered for Jean Grey as well before the casting of Creator/FamkeJanssen.
** Creator/NataliePortman was offered the role of ComicBook/{{Rogue}}, but turned it down due to scheduling issues with ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Portman would eventually go on to portray [[ComicBook/{{Thor2014}} Jane Foster]] in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
*** Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt, Creator/DrewBarrymore, Creator/ChristinaRicci, Creator/AliciaSilverstone, Creator/KatieHolmes, Creator/KirstenDunst, and Creator/KatharineIsabelle were also considered for the part of Rogue before the casting of Creator/AnnaPaquin.

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*** [[Film/MissionImpossibleII ** Dougray Scott]] Scott was originally cast as Wolverine in the film, but dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/MissionImpossibleII''.
*** ** Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/KeanuReeves, Creator/ViggoMortensen, Creator/EdwardNorton, Creator/GarySinise, Creator/BobHoskins, Creator/MelGibson, and Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme were also considered for the part of Wolverine before the casting of Jackman.
** Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/ChristopherLee, and Creator/TerenceStamp were considered for the role of [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Erik Lehnsherr]] ComicBook/{{Magneto}} before Creator/IanMcKellen was cast.
*** [[Film/{{Exotica}} ** David Hemblen]], Hemblen, who previously portrayed Magneto in ''[[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]]'', was at one being point looked at to play the character again, which would have been a simultaneous CastingGag and RoleReprisal.
** Creator/ThomasJane was reportedly approached for the role of [[Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} Scott Summers]], Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}, but turned it down due to his lack of interest in comic book movies. However, Jane would eventually change his mind about the film genre and went on to play the titular part in ''Film/ThePunisher2004''.
*** ** Creator/JimCaviezel was initially cast as Cyclops, but departed the film due to prior commitments to ''Film/{{Frequency}}.''
*** ** Creator/BenAffleck, Creator/MattDamon, Creator/EthanHawke, and [[Series/StrangeLuck DB Sweeney]] D.B. Sweeney were considered for the part of Cyclops as well before the casting of Creator/JamesMarsden.
** [[Series/LaFemmeNikita Peta Wilson]] Wilson was the original candidate for the part of ComicBook/JeanGrey, but turned down the offer due to scheduling issues with ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.
*** ** Creator/JeriRyan, Creator/MariaBello, Creator/SelmaBlair, [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Renee O'Connor]], and Creator/LucyLawless were considered for Jean Grey as well before the casting of Creator/FamkeJanssen.
** Creator/NataliePortman was offered the role of ComicBook/{{Rogue}}, but turned it down due to scheduling issues with ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Portman would eventually go on to portray [[ComicBook/{{Thor2014}} Jane Foster]] Foster in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
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first two ComicBook/{{Thor}} films.
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Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt, Creator/DrewBarrymore, Creator/ChristinaRicci, Creator/AliciaSilverstone, Creator/KatieHolmes, Creator/KirstenDunst, and Creator/KatharineIsabelle were also considered for the part of Rogue before the casting of Creator/AnnaPaquin.



*** Creator/RobertRodriguez and Creator/TimBurton were offered to direct the movie as well, but both turned down the offer in favor of directing ''Film/SpyKids1'' and ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001'' respectively.
*** Creator/DannyBoyle, Creator/RichardDonner, Creator/JohnMcTiernan, and Creator/JoelSchumacher were also considered to direct the movie before Creator/BryanSinger was hired.

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*** ** Creator/RobertRodriguez and Creator/TimBurton were offered to direct the movie as well, but both turned down the offer in favor of directing ''Film/SpyKids1'' and ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001'' respectively.
*** ** Creator/DannyBoyle, Creator/RichardDonner, Creator/JohnMcTiernan, and Creator/JoelSchumacher were also considered to direct the movie before Creator/BryanSinger was hired.



** [[Film/FightClub Andrew Kevin Walker]] wrote an unused script in 1994, which had Xavier recruit Logan to assist Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel. They fight the Brotherhood of Mutants, which consisted of Magneto, Sabretooth, Toad, and the Blob, who are trying to conquer New York City, while Henry Peter Gyrich and Bolivar Trask attack the X-Men with three 8 feet (2.4 m) tall Sentinels. The script focused on the rivalry between Wolverine and Cyclops, as well as the latter's self-doubt as a field leader. Part of the backstory invented for Magneto made him the cause of the Chernobyl disaster. The script also featured the X-Copter and the Danger Room.
** Creator/MichaelChabon unsuccessfully pitched a story treatment focused on character development and interpersonal relationships, to the point that the first movie would have been entirely about building the team and the supervillains wouldn't have shown up until the second movie.
** Creator/JossWhedon, who was hired to script-doctor the first film, did a complete rewrite. His draft would've featured a romance between Logan and Storm, Magneto trying to turn Manhattan into a sanctuary for mutants, and Jean becoming Phoenix at the end. It got thrown out except for a couple of lines, the most notorious being:
--->"Do you know what happens when a toad gets struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else."
** The standard explanation of this is that among the other things removed were Toad having a CatchPhrase that made this line an IronicEcho. In the released film, it's a NonSequitur instead.

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** [[Film/FightClub Andrew Kevin Walker]] Walker (screenwriter of ''Film/FightClub'') wrote an unused script in 1994, which had Xavier recruit Logan to assist Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel. They fight the Brotherhood of Mutants, which consisted of Magneto, Sabretooth, Toad, and the Blob, who are trying to conquer New York City, while Henry Peter Gyrich and Bolivar Trask attack the X-Men with three 8 feet (2.4 m) tall Sentinels. The script focused on the rivalry between Wolverine and Cyclops, as well as the latter's self-doubt as a field leader. Part of the backstory invented for Magneto made him the cause of the Chernobyl disaster. The script also featured the X-Copter and the Danger Room.
** Creator/MichaelChabon unsuccessfully pitched a story treatment focused on character development and interpersonal relationships, to the point that the first movie would have been entirely about building the team team, and the supervillains wouldn't have shown up until the second movie.
** Creator/JossWhedon, who was hired to script-doctor the first film, did a complete rewrite. His draft would've featured a romance between Logan and Storm, Magneto trying to turn Manhattan into a sanctuary for mutants, and Jean becoming Phoenix at the end. It got thrown out except for a couple of lines, the most notorious being:
--->"Do
being: "Do you know what happens when a toad gets struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else."
**
" The standard explanation of this is that among the other things removed were Toad having a CatchPhrase that made this line an IronicEcho. In the released film, it's a NonSequitur instead.


** In Hugh Jackman's audition, Logan tells Rogue he's already saved her life once, in reference to a scene in the original script where he rescued her from an attempted rape.

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** In Hugh Jackman's Creator/HughJackman's audition, Logan tells Rogue he's already saved her life once, in reference to a scene in the original script where he rescued her from an attempted rape.



* PromotedFanboy: Hugh Jackman was thrilled to get to work with two of his heroes, Patrick Stewart and Ian [=McKellen=]. Ian [=McKellen=] was likewise quite happy to work with Jackman, who he claims to have had a bit of a crush on since ''Oklahoma.''

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* PromotedFanboy: Hugh Jackman Creator/HughJackman was thrilled to get to work with two of his heroes, Patrick Stewart Creator/PatrickStewart and Ian [=McKellen=].Creator/IanMcKellen. Ian [=McKellen=] was likewise quite happy to work with Jackman, who he claims to have had a bit of a crush on since ''Oklahoma.''



* ScullyBox: Hugh Jackman is a healthy 6'1, whereas Wolverine is supposed to be about a foot shorter. James Marsden is 5'11, a reasonable height but Cyclops is supposed to be about 6'4 and tower over everyone. Complicating it further was that Famke Janssen is slightly taller than Marsden. A number of tricks were done in order to make Jackman look shorter than he is and Marsden taller than he is. Rather notably, when the jet lands at Liberty Island and the team mobilizes in a wide shot you can see the huge platform shoes Marsden was wearing. This continued in X2, but afterwards the film series stopped worrying about how tall Jackman was.

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* ScullyBox: Hugh Jackman Creator/HughJackman is a healthy 6'1, whereas Wolverine is supposed to be about a foot shorter. James Marsden Creator/JamesMarsden is 5'11, a reasonable height but Cyclops is supposed to be about 6'4 and tower over everyone. Complicating it further was that Famke Janssen Creator/FamkeJanssen is slightly taller than Marsden. A number of tricks were done in order to make Jackman look shorter than he is and Marsden taller than he is. Rather notably, when the jet lands at Liberty Island and the team mobilizes in a wide shot you can see the huge platform shoes Marsden was wearing. This continued in X2, but afterwards the film series stopped worrying about how tall Jackman was.



** [[Series/LaFemmeNikita Peta Wilson]] was the original candidate for the part of [[ComicBook/JeanGrey Jean Grey]], but turned down the offer due to scheduling issues with ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.
*** Creator/JeriRyan, [[Film/AHistoryofViolence Maria Bello]], Creator/SelmaBlair, [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Renee O'Connor]], and Creator/LucyLawless were considered for Jean Grey as well before the casting of Creator/FamkeJanssen.
** Creator/NataliePortman was offered the role of [[Comicbook/{{Rogue}} Rogue]], but turned it down due to scheduling issues with ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Portman would eventually go on to portray [[ComicBook/{{Thor2014}} Jane Foster]] in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.

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** [[Series/LaFemmeNikita Peta Wilson]] was the original candidate for the part of [[ComicBook/JeanGrey Jean Grey]], ComicBook/JeanGrey, but turned down the offer due to scheduling issues with ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.
*** Creator/JeriRyan, [[Film/AHistoryofViolence Maria Bello]], Creator/MariaBello, Creator/SelmaBlair, [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Renee O'Connor]], and Creator/LucyLawless were considered for Jean Grey as well before the casting of Creator/FamkeJanssen.
** Creator/NataliePortman was offered the role of [[Comicbook/{{Rogue}} Rogue]], ComicBook/{{Rogue}}, but turned it down due to scheduling issues with ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Portman would eventually go on to portray [[ComicBook/{{Thor2014}} Jane Foster]] in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.



** Music/JanetJackson, Creator/JadaPinkettSmith, and Creator/AngelaBassett were considered for the role of [[ComicBook/{{Storm}} Ororo Munroe]] before Creator/HalleBerry was cast. Bassett would later go on to portray Queen Ramonda in ''Film/BlackPanther2018''.

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** Music/JanetJackson, Creator/JadaPinkettSmith, Creator/JadaPinkett-Smith, and Creator/AngelaBassett were considered for the role of [[ComicBook/{{Storm}} Ororo Munroe]] before Creator/HalleBerry was cast. Bassett would later go on to portray Queen Ramonda in ''Film/BlackPanther2018''.


** Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/ChristopherLee, and Creator/TerenceStamp were considered for the role of [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Erik Lehnsherr]] before Creator/IanMcKellen was cast.
*** [[Film/{{Exotica}} David Hemblen]], who previously portrayed Magneto in ''[[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]]'', was at one being point looked at to play the character again, which would have been a simultaneous CastingGag and RoleReprisal.



** Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/ChristopherLee, and Creator/TerenceStamp were considered for the role of [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Erik Lehnsherr]] before Creator/IanMcKellen was cast.
*** [[Film/{{Exotica}} David Hemblen]], who previously portrayed Magneto in [[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men: The Animated Series]], was at one being point looked at to play the character again, which would have been a simultaneous CastingGag and RoleReprisal.


*** [[Film/MissionImpossibleII Dougray Scott]] was initally cast as Wolverine in the film, but dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/MissionImpossibleII''.

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*** [[Film/MissionImpossibleII Dougray Scott]] was initally originally cast as Wolverine in the film, but dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/MissionImpossibleII''.



*** Creator/JimCaviezel was originally cast as Cyclops, but departed the film due to prior commitments to ''Film/{{Frequency}}.''

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*** Creator/JimCaviezel was originally initially cast as Cyclops, but departed the film due to prior commitments to ''Film/{{Frequency}}.''

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