X-Men producers recall Michael Jackson's campaign to play Professor X
X-Men producers have spoken about Michael Jackson's unlikely campaign to play Professor X.
In a deep dive into the original X-Men movie and its director Bryan Singer published by The Hollywood Reporter, producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter recalled their encounter with Jackson about the role of Charles Xavier, which eventually went to Sir Patrick Stewart.
Michael was one of a number of unlikely stars invited to audition for X-Men roles, including Mariah Carey and Shaquille O'Neal.
Recalling the filmmakers' meeting with the popstar in 1999, the publication notes how Jackson set up an "elaborate presentation" during his informal audition and played producers the short film Ghosts, which saw him play "a 60-something white mayor".
"I said to him, 'Do you know Xavier is an older white guy?'," said Shuler Donner.
"And Michael said, 'Oh yeah. You know, I can wear make-up.'"
THR later adds that Jackson was "never seriously considered" for the role.
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Last month, writer David Hayter revealed that Stewart originally didn't want to play Professor X.
"It took a long time to convince him," Hayter said. "Terence Stamp told me, 'You know why Patrick doesn't want to do it? Because of the chair. He doesn't want to be stuck in the chair.'"
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