Genius casting or lunacy? From www.empireonline.co.uk - Kelsey Grammer joins X3 18 May 2005 When you think of large, furry, intelligent creatures, the firstMessage 1 of 1 , May 18, 2005View SourceGenius casting or lunacy? From www.empireonline.co.uk -Kelsey Grammer joins X3
18 May 2005
When you think of large, furry, intelligent creatures, the first thing to come to mind is probably a gorilla. However, colour the fur blue, and there's only one person it could possibly be Kelsey Grammer? "Eh?" we hear you cry. But it is so Seattle's Dr Frasier Crane is jumping about X-Men 3, as furry blue genius Beast.
One of the longest-standing X-Men, the character is a firm favourite among fans of the comic books and cartoon series, but has hitherto been excluded from the films for budgetary reasons (although you may have fleetingly seen his alter-ego Dr Hank McCoy on TV in the background). Beast was born a mutant, with prodigious intelligence, strength and agility, but in the course of one of his experiments to isolate the cause of mutation he sampled a serum that further mutated him, giving him blue fur, longer teeth and a bestial appearance. Think Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but Mr Hyde looks like your favourite teddybear and quotes Plato.
Despite some initial problems adjusting to his new appearance, Beast is a wise, pacifistic and vastly intelligent addition to the X team. Sure to be a fanboy favourite, this is one addition to the cast that is going to further increase anticipation for Matthew Vaughn's take on the series.
Avi Arad promises that Beast will have a "big role" in the new movie, and was full of enthusiasm from Grammer's casting. "Kelsey was born to play the role. When we met with him, you can see that Kelsey has that you'd-better-have-a-dictionary-handy intelligence". With the plot still under wraps, we can only speculate as to what Beast will actually do in the film.
The filmmakers are also pursuing Vinnie Jones to play bad guy Juggernaut, and Lost's Maggie Grace to become the third Kitty Pryde. X3 has also got a release date at last Memorial Day weekend 2006; which, in English, means May 26 or so. Ladies and gentlemen, the countdown starts here.
"An essential characteristic of the superhero mythology is, there's the superhero, and there's the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When he wakes up in the morning, he's Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic that Superman stands alone. Superman did not become Superman, Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red "S", that's the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears, the glasses, the business suit, that's the costume. That's the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He's weak, he's unsure of himself... he's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race."
David Carradine in Kill Bill Vol. 2, (2004)