A top producer at a recent movie industry conference in Hollywood revealed that Michael Jackson had lobbied for a role in the first X-Men movie!
However, the King of Pop didn’t want to play a mutant with an over-the-top costume or ridiculous powers. No, Jacko had his heart set on playing the wheelchair-bound telepath and founder of the X-Men, Professor X, in a role that eventually went to Patrick Stewart for three movies (and is currently being played by James McAvoy in X-Men:First Class).
Ralph Winter, producer of the X-Men movie series, told the assembled crowd that former basketball star, Shaquille O’Neal, had also wanted a role in X-Men, which came out in 2000. Closer home, producer-director Rakesh Roshan, during a trip to the US had also lobbied with top executives at 20th Century Fox to cast son Hrithik Roshan in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. SRK at the recent FICCI conference, had said that he was inspired to make Ra.One after watching the X-Men films!