Bryan Singer Banned Comic Books on X-Men Movie Set

X-Men (2000)

Director Bryan Singer didn’t allow comic books to be brought onto the set of the 2000 X-Men film.

Speaking with MTV News to promote his new film The Front Runner, Hugh Jackman discussed auditioning for the role of Wolverine, and meeting Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who was an associate producer on X-Men. However, the actor recalled that the comics that inspired the film weren't permitted on set.

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“Bryan Singer had this thing that people would think he really wanted to take comic book characters seriously, as real three-dimensional characters," Jackman said, "that people who don’t understand these comics might think they’re two-dimensional, so no one was allowed [comics]. ... It was contraband. I’d never read X-Men, so people were slipping them under my door … I’m reading, I’m looking at these things going ‘these are brilliant, look at the physicality’”.

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Jackman also recounted how he would often end up in Feige’s office, and Feige would tell him which stories and comics to read.

The Front Runner is in select theaters nationwide. The film is directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking) and stars Jackman (Logan) as the Gary Hart. Rounding out the cast are Vera Familia (Bates Motel), JK Simmons (Whiplash), Alfred Molina (Love is Strange), Sara Paxton (Twin Peaks), Mamoudou Athie (The Get Down), Bill Burr (F is for Family), Kevin Pollak (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Molly Ephraim (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), and Kaitlyn Dever (Justified).

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