We’ve received some bitter-sweet news for all of our Nightcrawler fans out there. Alan Cumming, the thespian responsible for adapting that blue skinned teleporter to the silver screen in X2: X-Men United, has admitted that he was almost included in Bryan Singer’s massive team-up flick DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Unfortunately, Cumming was involved with various other projects that conflicted with the X-Men sequel’s shooting schedule, and he was unable to appear. If there’s any silver lining to this fiasco… at least he was considered for the movie, and not simply forgotten.
Here’s what Alan Cumming had to say about the matter:
“There was a time when it was maybe going to happen, but I wasn’t available so it didn’t happen.I really loved that film that I was in, don’t get me wrong, I thought it was a great film, but it wasn’t my favourite experience of my life.
Cumming was easily the best addition to the original three X-Men flicks. As a poor, unwitting assassin who indebted his life to piety, X2′s Nightcrawler was the perfect foil for the traditional “super villain” (which Magneto re-inherited in that last act). And I’ve no idea why he wasn’t featured in X-Men 3, Wolverine Origins, or even The Wolverine. It’s not like Fox is concerned with protecting the sanctity of these classic Marvel characters, and I don’t believe too many folks would be angered if Nightcrawler were included in a few more flicks.