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  • 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-Inspired Element: Both Ian McKellen (who is homosexual) and Bryan Singer (a bisexual) worked with the screenwriters to make the scene in which Bobby Drake tells his parents he is a mutant, to look more like a common gay "coming-out" scene.
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  • California Doubling: Hatley Castle in Victoria, British Columbia was used for the exterior and most of the interior of Xavier's school.
  • 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.
  • 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).
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    • 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.
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  • 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. The Gambit piece was shot with Simon Sherr playing him, but it was cut from the film. The characters would later appear in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (with Taylor Kitsch replacing Sherr), 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.
    • There was an extended scene that doesn't appear in the final film, nor as a deleted scene on the DVD that features Cyclops' fight with Yuriko, where he picks up and fights with the two prison guards' plastic nightsticks.
    • A scene on the X-Jet where Jean uses her telekinesis to pilot the jet, but she loses control and Storm snaps her out of it.
    • A scene involving Rogue helping some students escape during Stryker's attack on the mansion.
    • A scene between Bobby, Rogue and John in the woods.
    • Trapped in Jason's illusion Professor X and Cyclops wander an empty mansion looking for students.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Chris Claremont doesn't necessarily hate the film, but over the years has come to view it as a poor adaptation of God Loves, Man Kills due to all the changes to the original storyline.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Hugh Jackman was given a nutritionist to get in shape for his role as Wolverine, and gained twenty pounds. On the make-up front, Alan Cumming joined Rebecca Romijn in the long and arduous process of becoming a blue Mutant.
  • 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.
  • The Merch: The Mazda RX-8 X-Men Car, a limited edition Mazda RX-8 based on the Mazda RX-8 in the movie. Available in "Mutant Blue" with an X-shaped grille and an enlarged X on the nameplate.
  • Orphaned Reference: 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.
  • The Other Darrin: Aaron Stanford, Kea Wong and Katie Stuart replaced Alex Burton, Katrina Florence and Sumela Kay as Pyro, Jubilee and Shadowcat.
  • Real Life Writes the Hairstyle: Hugh Jackman had hair extensions for Van Helsing. Then he went and filmed the reshot ending and his hair is clearly bigger.
  • 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 use of powers against the missiles.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Neil Patrick Harris and Ethan Embry were considered for the part of Kurt Wagner before Alan Cumming was cast.
    • Originally, Magneto would have rescued Professor X from Dark Cerebro and escaped with the other X-Men instead of trying to Kill All Humans, but this was rewritten to keep Magneto's ruthlessness. Also, initially he was the one executing the plan by fixing Dark Cerebro, not Mystique deceiving Jason.
    • Sabretooth was planned to return, this time as Stryker's bodyguard. However, the part was rewritten into Anne Reynolds, Stryker's bodyguard from the comics, who would have been granted Lady Deathstrike's mutant powers and adamantium claws for this film. Her role was then filled by Lady Deathstrike herself and given longer fight scenes so that the movie would have more action.
    • Ray Park was going to return as a brainwashed Toad and get into a fight with Nightcrawler while the latter and Storm were trying to rescue the mutant kids. However, schedule conflicts prevented this, and as a result, the set that was built just for this scene was not used.
    • 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.
    • The scene in which Storm and Nightcrawler rescue Xavier was going to be much longer and quite more dramatic. Jason would have trapped them in trippy hallucinations, which they escaped only because Dark Cerebro was falling apart and it disrupted his illusions. They would have next talked Xavier into realizing the ruse, and the professor would have engaged Jason in a psychic battle, mind-raping him and finally defeating him with Storm's help. Jason would have then shown remorse on his face before being sent into the abyss by a falling girder, after which the three X-Men escaped narrowly.
    • 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 induced through serums. Other mutants who would have been shown affected by the plan were Marrow and Gambit. (In another cameo-related affair, a young Multiple Man was going to appear at the beginning of the film in a scene with Siryn.)
    • Several versions of the script had Jean surviving the film and returning with the others. This was kept in the official novelization.
    • Angel was planned to appear as a student at the Xavier Institute. He would've been one of the teens taken captive during the raid on the school, and Stryker would've forcibly transformed him into Archangel at his lab. This subplot was cut, but the X-rays of Angel's wings can still be seen during the scenes in Stryker's facility.
    • 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. Aside from the extended deleted scene mentioned above, he also had a longer fight scene with Deathstrike.
    • Shaquille O'Neal really wanted a part in the film - specifically, he had his eyes on the role of Bishop, but due to screenwriter David Hayter not being familiar with the character, he wasn't included. Bishop would later be portrayed by Omar Sy in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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