A new and long piece in THR published today enters the production of the first film “X-Men” just over twenty years ago, the film that helped us in a new era of superhero films and made the career of ‘Bryan Singer.
More specifically, the piece delves into the horror stories from the set of the first and second film ranging from Singer’s behind-the-scenes behavior leading to mutiny cast after a stunt gone wrong, to the touch on how the script for the first film came together and the drama that resulted there.
According to the report, producer Tom DeSanto demanded that a stunt scene on “X2”; be closed with DeSanto someone who feared he might be injured because Singer was apparently incapacitated. Singer continued to shoot and walked upstairs in an action scene without the present stunt coordinator – resulting in a “botched stunt that left [Hugh] Jackman bled with the camera. ”
The next day when the studio “appeared side by side with Singer” and Singer told DeSanto to return to LA, most of the cast combined on Singer’s trailer and confronted him – threatening to stop if DeSanto leaves, meeting at the famous The line of “can you kiss my Black ass” by Halle Berry was seen.
Then there are the writer’s room issues. Ed Solomon, Christopher McQuarrie and Joss Whedon came together to work on the script with points with the exception of all of Whedon’s two lines of work. Voice actor David Hayter was hired to write new scenes for the script and in the end there was accreditation and other issues that led to Hayter having the only script to write credit from a story by Singer and DeSanto – even as McQuarrie and Solomon “gave in at least $ 1 million the first year in residuals and credit bonuses … it’s a fantasy of” says Hayter.
The report also sees studio executions and the producers admit that they allowed Singer to continue working with the dealership despite several incidents of misconduct or misconduct with one saying: “His behavior was poor in the film. We we accommodated him in the first film, so we can accommodate him in the second film. And on and on. And he created a monster. “
For the full story, go on The Hollywood Reporter