Fox executives used a deceptive strategy to secure Halle Berry’s involvement in the 2006 film “X-Men: The Last Stand” by presenting her with a bogus script.
At New York Comic Con, filmmaker Matthew Vaughn disclosed fresh insights into his departure from the project in 2005. He recounted Fox’s attempt to entice the Academy Award-winning actress, who portrayed Storm/Ororo Munroe in the franchise. Vaughn admitted his disillusionment with the situation, stating, “I thought, if you’re going to do that to an Oscar-winning actress who plays Storm, I quit; I thought, I’m mincemeat.”
To persuade Berry to join the project, Fox concocted an extensive script centered around Berry’s character, Storm. It included an extensive opening sequence and story elements never intended for the final product. Vaughn shared, “One of the main reasons I quit X-Men 3, and this is a true story: Hollywood is really political and odd.”
While visiting an executive’s office, Vaughn discovered a thicker script, inquiring about its version. The response he received was, “Don’t worry about it.” Vaughn delved into the script and found it contained a captivating scene involving Storm saving children in Africa by creating a thunderstorm.
It was then revealed that this script was tailored to Berry’s desires, intended to secure her involvement, and would be discarded once she signed on.
Despite the initial challenges, Halle Berry did join the film’s ensemble cast, which included Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and others. Vaughn, who had replaced the director of “X2,” eventually left the project, making way for Brett Ratner. Despite the production hurdles, “X-Men: The Last Stand” achieved significant financial success.
Halle Berry returned to the franchise for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and continued collaborating with Vaughn in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Vaughn credited his work on “Kick-Ass” for reviving his prospects in Hollywood.
The incident serves as a reminder of the political and unusual nature of the entertainment industry.