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.
Ryan Reynolds Spent 11 Years Trying To Get 'Deadpool' MadePhoto: Deadpool/20th Century Fox
Ryan Reynolds played Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the character could not be more different than his comic book counterpart. The fans overwhelmingly hated his depiction, and Reynolds knew he could do far better with a little more creative control. He spent more than a decade trying to get Deadpool made, and he worked tirelessly to ensure it was made properly.
That meant it had to have an R-rating, and it had to be far closer to the comic books than the first attempt. He wrote a letter to Fox, imploring the studio to do the right thing for the character, but he kept hitting a wall. Eventually, he and director Tim Miller were given the go-ahead, but it wasn't easy.
As Reynolds recounted, the process was not a smooth one. According to the actor, the studio's attitude could be summed up like so: "Okay, here’s the absolute bare minimum amount of money that we will consider giving this character. Go make your movie, f*** off, and let us know when it’s done."Marvelous fact?
Hugh Jackman Had Some Interesting Demands Before Doing His Cameo In 'First Class'Video: YouTube
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine may be one of the most pitch perfect casting choices in cinema history, and the actor's been in more X-movies than anyone else. While he wasn't necessarily a big part of X-Men: First Class, Jackman did agree to show up for a cameo - though he had some demands that the studio had to agree to before he would make that appearance.
First, he wanted 20th Century Fox to donate a sizable sum to his kid's school. And second, he wanted to be the only person who got to drop an F-Bomb at the main two cast members. It wasn't just the dropping of the expletive that was important to him; he wanted to be the one who said it directly to Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr.Marvelous fact?
Hugh Jackman Cut His Salary To Ensure 'Logan' Was Rated 'R'Photo: Logan/20th Century Fox
For decades, Hollywood has been wary of releasing R-rated movies due to the limitations on the audience. The smaller the audience, the less money the studio will make in box office receipts, so the vast majority of films are released with a PG-13 rating or lower. Logan was notably not one of them, as it had an R-rating. But it almost didn't.
Hugh Jackman opted to cut his salary down to a level that would reduce the overall cost of the film. Doing this made the studio a bit more comfortable limiting the audience with an R-rating, so the change was made. His salary for Logan wasn't published to the public, but it is known that he earned $20 million for The Wolverine.Marvelous fact?
Rebecca Romijn Vomited Blue Because Of Her Body PaintPhoto: X2/20th Century Fox
To play Mystique, Rebecca Romijn was painted blue, and it had an effect on her internal bodily functions - namely, her vomit turned blue. She found this out when she did some tequila shooters with Hugh Jackman to celebrate her last day on set. During a break in filming after shooting their fight scene, the mixture of tequila and physical activity didn't sit well in her stomach.
She ended up throwing up, which happens, but in her case, it wasn't normal. Her vomit was colored blue, and that came as a result of the body paint she had been wearing throughout the shoot. Also, she threw up on her co-star, Hugh Jackman.Marvelous fact?