5/20/2014

X-Men (2000) - Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, James Marsden, Shawn Ashmore, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

Have you ever wondered what happened to the cast of the original X-Men movie? Fourteen years ago Bryan Singer directed the very first X-Men and it was a smash hit. It ushered in a new age of superhero films and launched the careers of new stars, like Hugh Jackman and new careers to familiar faces like Patrick Stewart.

The film was written by David Hayter, and features a cast that includes Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn, Bruce Davison, Ray Park, Tyler Mane and Anna Paquin. What do they look like today?

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier in X-Men (2000)
Sir Patrick Stewart OBE (Order of the British Empire) was born July, 13 1940 and was 60-years old when he starred in X-Men as the powerful mental mutant Professor Charles Xavier. He was already a distinguished British film, television and stage actor when he took on the role of Professor X. Like most people I know him best as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, but he's also had a prolific stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. After losing his hair at 18 he thought no woman would ever love him, but he has flourished in his new acting career. He comes back as Professor X in X-Men: Days of Future Past and does voicework for Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.


Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men (2000)

Hugh Michael Jackman was born October 12, 1968 and is an Australian actor and producer who's done film, musical theatre, and television. At 32, he was a relative unknown when Singer cast him as Wolverine, but he's the most widely known actor in the series. Like the comic book character, people love Wolverine. While he's appeared in every X-Men film, including two solo films he's also had time to do other work. He was the lead in Kate & Leopold, Van Helsing, The Prestige, Australia, Real Steel, Les Misérables, and Prisoners. He was nominated for his first Oscar in 2013 for Les Misérables and won his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor thanks to the film. His next film role is in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Chappie is opening next year.

Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen as Magneto in X-Men (2000)

Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE was born 25 May 1939 and was 61 when he starred in X-Men. He says it was the costume that convinced the English actor to take on the role for Singer. McKellen is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards. He's has been nominated for two Academy Awards, eight BAFTA film and TV nominations and five Emmy Award nominations. If you're wondering what all those letters after his name mean, McKellen was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1979 and was knighted in 1991 for services to the performing arts, and was made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality, in 2008. He has performed in Shakespearean and modern theatre before and after the role. McKellen has not only taken on the role of Eric Lennsherr, but Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings series. He joins his old friend Patrick Stewart in X-Men: Days of Future Past and stars in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).

Halle Berry
Halle Berry as Storm in X-Men (2000)

Halle Maria Berry (born Maria Halle Berry) was born on August 14, 1966 and was 34-years-old when she played Ororo Munroe the weather controlling mutant "Storm." She's an American actress and a former fashion model. Two years after the film she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Monster's Ball. She's the first woman of African-American descent to win an Oscar for a leading role. Since then, she's become one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood during and moved into producing. She joins the rest of the cast in X-Men: Days of Future Past and stars in the upcoming science fiction TV series Extant later this year.

Famke Janssen
Famke Janssen as Jean Grey in X-Men (2000)

Famke Beumer Janssen was born November 5th 1965 and is a Dutch actress, director, screenwriter, and former fashion model who played Jean Grey the mutant scientist and polical activist in X-Men. She was already well known for playing the Russian Bond villain Xenia Onatopp in Golden Eye (1995) but she really came into her own in X-Men. She went on to play in three other X-Men films and guest-starred on Nip/Tuck, and the two Taken (2008) films with Liam Neeson. In 2008, she was appointed a "Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity" by the United Nations. She made her directorial debut with Bringing Up Bobby in 2011. She's rumored to have a cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but she only says "stay tuned" when asked about it. She stars in the Netflix horror series Hemlock Grove (2013) now in it's second season.


James Marsden
James Paul Marsden as Cyclops in X-Men (2000)

James Paul Marsden is an American actor, singer and former Versace model who was born on September 18, 1973. Marsden began his acting career guest-starring in television shows like Saved by the Bell, Touched by an Angel and Party of Five before playing the eye blasting mutant Scott Summers at 27. He played in the first three X-Men films before leaving the series and starring in Superman Returns (2006). Marden was nominated for a Grammy for Hairspray and a Screen Actors Guild Award for The Butler (2013). He's appearing in four movies this year Walk of Shame, The Loft and Endangered. He's rumored to have a cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past but it hasn't been confirmed. We'll see.

Bruce Davison
Bruce Davison as Senator Kelly in X-Men (2000)

Bruce Davison was born June 28, 1946 and is an American actor and director. He played Senator Robert Kelly in the first two X-Men movie at 54. His other most famous movie roles are in Runaway Jury and Apt Pupil. He also killed it as psychiatrist Dr. Silberman on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Davison isn't worried about type-casting since he's been nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and two Emmy awards. He starred in four movies last year and had a recurring role on The Last Resort.

Rebecca Romijn
Rebecca Romijn as Mystique in X-Men (2000)

Rebecca Alie Romijn was born November 6, 1972 and is an American actress and former fashion model. Romjin was a supermodel and starred in MTV's House of Style. She rose to fame playing the shape-shifting Mystique (Raven Darkhölme) in four of the X-Men films starting at 28. She's also guest-starred on the television series Ugly Betty and starred in TNT's series King & Maxwell as a private investigator. After her divorce to John Stamos, she dropped the Stamos from Romijn-Stamos. Sorry John.

Ray Park
Ray Park as Toad in X-Men (2000)

Raymond Park was born in Scotland on August 23, 1974 and played the mutant gymnast Toad at 26. He began working in film on Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) playing one of the Reptiles, Baraka and doubling for Rayden. His big break in movies was playing Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, but audiences didn't get to hear his real voice until he starred in X-Men. Since then, he's gone on to play the mysterious "Snake Eyes" in the G.I. Joe movies and stars in Future Fighters and Jinn this year. Not bad considering we've hardly seen his real face.

Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin as Rogue in X-Men (2000)
New Zealander Anna Helene Paquin was born in Canada on July 1982 and played the power stealing mutant Marie (aka Rogue) at 18. Her acting prowess was confirmed when, after her first film The Piano, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 11. She's the second youngest winner in Oscar history. She later appeared in a bunch of successful movies like Fly Away Home, She's All That and Almost Famous, but it's Rogue that we love. She appeared in three of the films and the X-Men franchise as Rogue from Marvel Comics. She was planned to come back in  X-Men: Days of Future Past, but Singer cut her out of the film because the scene was "extraneous." After fan pressure, she's back in the film, but is "essentially, a cameo." We'll take what we can get though.

Tyler Mane
Tyler Mane as Sabretooth in X-Men (2000)

Daryl Karolat is a Canadian born former-wrestler, actor and producer. As a wrestler he's been known by any names like Skywalker Nitron, Ntron, Nitro and Gully Gaspar, but he's best known as the feral mutant Sabretooth in the X-Men film at 34. He was originally planned to be a stunt man, but when Singer say his massive 6' frame he cast him as Sabretooth. While he didn't come back as Sabretooth for X-Men Origins: Wolverine he's probable glad because he went on to play in films like Halloween (2007), Troy (2004) and the western When the Storm God Rides later this year.

Shawn Ashmore
 
Shawn Ashmore as Iceman in X-Men (2000)
Shawn Robert Ashmore was born in Canada along with his twin brother Aaron on October 7, 1979. I knew I liked him. He played the mutant ice machine Bobby "Iceman" Drake in three of the X-Men films starting when he was 21. He joins the rest of the original X-Men cast in X-Men: Days of Future Past and plays Agent Weston on the TV series The Following.

Who's your favorite character from X-Men? Who do you look forward to seeing in future X-Men movies?

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14 comments:

Pat Dilloway said...

Patrick Stewart really hasn't changed much in like 40 years. Losing your hair at 18 must be rough. I liked Rogue in the first movie but they couldn't find anything for her to do after that.

How does the Mystique thing work in the new movie? I mean are we supposed to believe Jennifer Lawrence is going to grow into Rebecca Romijin? That doesn't really make much sense. But then the trailers are confusing because sometimes James McAvoy is walking and sometimes in a wheelchair and sometimes Beast has hair all over and sometimes he doesn't. I hope it makes more sense on watching the actual movie.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Other than Askmore, they really haven't changed much.

DAVID WALSTON said...

I like Magneto, but I have always had a soft spot for the misunderstood baddie!

Maurice Mitchell said...

The prequels are really fleshing out his motivation but he always seemed to have good intentions David.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I think it's the beard Man.

MedeiaSharif said...

They still look mighty fine.

Lady Lilith said...

Oh my the differences. I always enjoy seeing the then and now. People are always changing.

Tony Laplume said...

But what about Bryan Singer? Surely he has dramatically changed?

He Geek She Geek said...

Dang...has it really been 14 years? Oh man I'm old!

He Geek She Geek said...

Since Mystique's natural form is blue scaly, the Rebecca Romijin and Jennifer Lawrence looks are just her shapeshifting at work. Maybe at some point the J-Law look got too recognizable so she changed to another gorgeous blonde.

Pat Dilloway said...

But even in blue scaly form you can tell the difference.

Maurice Mitchell said...

It’s hard to imagine Stewart looking any older. No wonder he has a young wife Liesel!

He Geek She Geek said...

You must really hate the James Bond movies :)

Maurice Mitchell said...

I know right? I felt the same thing. It feels like yesterday…

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