Michael Jackson Once Campaigned to Play Professor Xavier in Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men’

Michael Jackson Once Campaigned to Play Professor Xavier in Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men’
While the role of telepathic sage mutant Professor Xavier in director Bryan Singer’s 2000 feature film “X-Men” ultimately went to Patrick Stewart, he wasn’t the first person to audition for the Marvel tentpole. According to a new Hollywood Reporter exposé detailing Singer’s alleged and already notorious on- and off-set behavior, Michael Jackson at one point threw his hat in the ring to play Xavier when the hit film was still in pre-production.

According to the report, Jackson showed up at the old Fox offices in West LA in 1999, donning sunglasses and refusing to shake hands, to meet with Singer and discuss the role. “I said to him, ‘Do you know Xavier is an older white guy?'” “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner told THR. “And Michael said, ‘Oh yeah. You know, I can wear makeup.'”

Per the story, Jackson gave an elaborate presentation to executives, accompanied by his 1996 short film “Ghosts,
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