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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 gay) and Bryan Singer (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 "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: See here.
  • 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.
    • Australian Hugh Jackman once again plays the Canadian Wolverine.
  • 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.
  • No Stunt Double: Anna Paquin did the wirework for Rogue getting sucked out of the Blackbird herself.
  • 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 respectively.
  • Playing Gertrude: Senator Kelly is apparently supposed to be much younger than Stryker, given Stryker gives him the whole "I was x when you were y" speech, but Brian Cox and Bruce Davison are actually only a month apart (both being 57 at the time). And funnily enough, this doesn't even apply to Mystique in disguise as Kelly, as the series would later confirm she's also much older.
  • 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.
  • Troubled Production: Filming wasn't nearly as troubled as the first film, but Bryan Singer's onset attitude caused problems again.
    • Late in production, producer Tom DeSanto grew very concerned about Singer's increasingly erratic behavior. When DeSanto came to the set one day and found the director, along with several crew members, apparently under the heavy influence of narcotics, he tried to halt production out of fear someone could get hurt. This resulted in a long, loud argument between the two of them that almost turned physical at many points.
    • And indeed someone did get hurt. While filming a scene on the X Jet, Singer decided to skip ahead to a scene scheduled for the following day that required a stunt from Hugh Jackman. Because it wasn't supposed to have been filmed that day, the stunt coordinator was not present and Jackman ended up injured and bleeding. Ralph Winter then ordered production shut down, which led the studio to overrule him and summon DeSanto back to LA.
    • The cast, still in costume, responded by confronting Singer in his trailer and threatening to quit if DeSanto left. It was during this confrontation that Halle Berry reportedly told Singer to "kiss my black ass", a story often repeated but given different contexts; Singer has through his reps denied any of this.
  • 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: Enough for its own page

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