A new and long feature in THR, released today, begins making the first “X-Men” movie a little over twenty years ago, the movie that helped usher in a new era of superhero movies and made the career of Bryan Singer.
More specifically, the play goes into the horror stories from the set of the first and second films, ranging from the behind-the-scenes behavior of Singer, leading to a cast after a stunt gone wrong, to the mess of how the script for the first film came together and the drama there followed there.
According to the report, producer Tom DeSanto called for a stunt scene on “X2” to be shut down with DeSanto fearing someone might get hurt as Singer was apparently out of order. Singer continued to shoot and moved up in an action scene without a stunt coordinator present ̵
The next day, when the studio “seemed to be sitting with Singer” and Singer told DeSanto to return to LA, much of the cast converted into full costume on Singer’s trailer and confronted him – threatening to stop if DeSanto left, a meeting where the famous “You can kiss my black ass” line from Halle Berry was apparently uttered.
Then there is the author’s space question. Ed Solomon, Christopher McQuarrie and Joss Whedon were brought in to work on the manuscript on points with all but two lines of Whedon’s work thrown. Voice actor David Hayter was brought into secret to write new scenes for the script, and eventually there was accreditation and other issues that led to Hayter getting the only script to write credit from a story by Singer and DeSanto – himself as McQuarrie and Solomon ”gave up at. at least $ 1 million the first year in the balance and credit bonus … that’s unheard of, ”says Hayter.
The report also shows that student developers and producers admit that they let Singer continue to work on the franchise despite several incidents of bad or erratic behavior in one word: “His behavior was bad on film. We accommodated him in the first film and therefore we can accommodate him on the second film. And even. And it created a monster. “
For the full story, go on to The Hollywood Reporter