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Things You Didn't Know About The X-Men Movies

Updated October 13, 2020 1.3k votes 240 voters 37.0k views15 items

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The X-Men series helped kickstart a new age of successful comic book film franchises at the turn of the century. If not for X-Men, there might not be an MCU or DCEU. And, considering there are 13 films in the franchise, there's a lot that went into making them that the average fan may not know.

This list highlights some of the more interesting things you didn't know about the X-Men movies, and many of them might surprise you. If you discover a fun fact you didn't already know, go ahead and give it an upvote to see which one rises to the top.

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    Before Being Cast, Hugh Jackman Didn't Know Wolverines Were Real

    In preparation for his role as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman decided to study an animal to prepare, though he didn't study the correct one. It turns out, he wasn't aware of the fact that wolverines were real animals, so he studied wolves instead!

    Jackman explained this gap in his knowledge while discussing the movie at a panel. "I literally, embarrassingly did about two weeks of research on wolves. I was rehearsing for three weeks, and I was shooting, so I was kind of on my own," he said.

    Director Bryan Singer noticed there was something off about his performance, so Jackman recounted the conversation he had with the director while on the set of X-Men:

    He said, "Are you sort of walking funny, what’s going on?" And I said, "I’ve been doing this thing with wolves," and he goes, "You know you’re not a wolf, right?" I said, "Well, there’s no such thing as a wolverine," and with that Singer said, "Go to the zoo, dude."

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    Patrick Stewart Had Never Heard Of Professor X Before Becoming Him

    Sir Patrick Stewart has spent decades playing acclaimed characters, but that doesn't mean he knew all about them before taking the job. For example, he had no clue who Professor Charles Xavier was before becoming him in 2000's X-Men. When he was offered the job, producer Lauren Shuler Donner handed him a comic book featuring the character, so he would know what they were talking about. He had the best reaction possible, saying, "What am I doing on the front of a comic book?"

    The producer responded, "Exactly." Donner went on to explain that he didn't simply look like the character, there was an active campaign to ensure he played him. As Stewart recalls, "Yes, subsequent to my conversation with Lauren, someone told me, 'Oh, that's crazy! Are you not aware there's been a campaign about linking you to Charles Xavier in The X-Men for a long time?' And I was totally unaware of this."

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    Hugh Jackman Injured His 'Special Area' With His Claws

    While he was filming a scene for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hugh Jackman had to run down a hallway in the buff. While doing this, he had a set of prop claws attached to his fists. When he turned around a corner, he came face to face with every woman on the production staff taking a peek at his goods while waving dollar bills.

    Like anyone finding themselves in such an awkward position, Jackman reflexively covered his junk. The only problem with that was the prop claws, which unfortunately cut into his skin while he was protecting his dignity. (Fortunately, the injury was just on his inner thigh.)

    Jackman recounted the story in an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, and the way he tells it is incredibly entertaining. You can check it out right here.

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    Deadpool Broke Records For The 'X-Men' Franchise And The Studio

    Ryan Reynolds fought long and hard to get a Deadpool film made, and the studio didn't seem to have much confidence in it. But he definitely had the last laugh. The first Deadpool raked in more than twice its $58 million budget in the US, and over $782 million worldwide. 

    Deadpool smashed a ton of records for both the X-Men film franchise and 20th Century Fox, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie, the highest-grossing X-Men movie, and the highest-grossing film in 20th Century Fox's filmography that wasn't directed by James Cameron or George Lucas.

    Deadpool 2 ended up breaking those records, having made a little more than $785 million at the worldwide box office. Unfortunately, it wasn't to last. Three years later, Warner Bros.' Joker broke the earning records Deadpool made - though it probably had the X-Men character to thank for the leg up!

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