Marvel: Michael Jackson Wanted to Play An Iconic ‘X-Men’ Character

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The King of Pop wants little introduction as Michael Jackson was, earlier than his dying in 2009, one of the vital recognizable faces and voices on the planet.

Although his later life was marred by controversy, at his peak, he was a world sensation. He made hit after hit and it’s subsequent to unimaginable to speak about what his greatest songs have been since all people has their very own opinion. In any case, whereas he was undoubtedly the King of Pop, he additionally had different hobbies and pursuits outdoors of music.

One of these was for comedian books, and actually, Michael Jackson really wished to play the well-known X-Men, Professor X. 

Who is Professor X?

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X-Men as a franchise positively has an ensemble solid of characters, however Professor X is arguably the primary character. His actual title is Charles Xavier, and he’s been performed by two British actors to date. First he was performed by Patrick Stewart after which, he was performed by James McAvoy.

Professor X runs a faculty for mutants, which is the place the X-Men get their title from. Not solely is Professor X a instructor to his college students, however he’s additionally a recruiter for the varsity. He makes use of his telepathic skills to search out mutants after which, he’ll attempt to persuade them to enroll in his faculty for mutants. 

More importantly although, Professor X represents one facet of the equation, and his frenemy, Magneto, represents the opposite. They’re each mutants who’re preventing for equality, nonetheless, they each have alternative ways of reaching that objective. 

That time Michael Jackson auditioned for Professor X

It was the late 90s, and the primary X-Men film was simply beginning out. According to Comicbook, many A-Listers who wouldn’t come off as comedian ebook followers auditioned for roles within the film. For instance, Shaquille O’Neal auditioned for the function of Bishop, Mariah Carey auditioned for the function of Storm, and naturally, the King of Pop himself auditioned for the function of Professor X.

On high of that, his sister, Janet Jackson, additionally auditioned for the function of Storm within the film. However, whereas these auditions in the end appear to be cool concepts, none of them labored out for one motive or one other. Comicbook doesn’t say why Jackson didn’t get the function, however it may merely be as a result of Stewart is a greater actor than he’s, since he isn’t an awesome actor or a film star to start with. 

Michael Jackson didn’t cease there

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The motive why the King of Pop auditioned for the function was in all probability as a result of he’s merely a large comedian ebook fan, in response to Comicbook. In truth, earlier than Marvel motion pictures have been the most important motion pictures on the planet, Marvel, as an organization, was struggling. Jackson wasn’t struggling financially, and he virtually purchased Marvel, as an organization, for himself.

One of the the reason why he wished to do this was as a result of he beloved Spider-Man, and he wished to create a Spider-Man film whereas presumably enjoying the function of Peter Parker. Of course, this didn’t occur, however Jackson confirmed off how a lot he beloved comedian books in different methods, too. 

For instance, Comicbook wrote that he actually loved taking his youngsters to comedian ebook outlets and shopping for no matter was on the cabinets. He additionally employed Lou Ferrigno, the unique Hulk, to be his private coach. And, Comicbook mentioned that he additionally had a statue made of himself with him trying like Batman. 

While the thought of him being in a MCU film sounds unusual today, it really could have been attainable if he didn’t move away in 2009. Jackson has labored with Disney earlier than on the theme park trip, Captain EO, so Disney may’ve given him a small function in a MCU film attributable to how large of a fan he was.

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