X-MEN: THE LAST STAND Star Kelsey Grammer Reflects On Learning He Was Being Dropped As Beast

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND Star Kelsey Grammer Reflects On Learning He Was Being Dropped As Beast

Following his shocking return in The Marvels, X-Men: The Last Stand star Kelsey Grammer has looked back on how it felt to learn he'd been dumped from the franchise ahead of 2011's X-Men: First Class...

By JoshWilding - Jun 18, 2024 04:06 AM EST
Filed Under: X-Men

X-Men: The Last Stand tried to adapt two big comic book storylines with "The Dark Phoenix Saga" and "The Cure," only to ultimately do neither of them justice (a fact that haunted writer Simon Kinberg to the extent he tried again with Dark Phoenix...and failed a second time). 

The 2006 movie was a critical and commercial disappointment and, five years later, 20th Century Fox decided to reboot the franchise with X-Men: First Class.

The prequel revisited the formation of the X-Men, meaning everyone aside from Hugh Jackman - who made a brief cameo appearance - was recast. That included Beast actor Kelsey Grammer.

He'd eventually reprise the role for a surprise cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but with Nicholas Hoult taking his place, that seemed to be the end of the road for Grammer. Well, until a shocking return in The Marvels' post-credits scene last November! 

With that, the stage has been set for the actor's Beast to become a part of the MCU's Multiverse Saga. While Grammer didn't address that during a recent "Full Comedy Actor Roundtable," he did reflect on how challenging it was to learn he'd been dumped from the X-Men franchise. 

"After I just played Beast - my days in Marvel - they came and said, 'We have the most wonderful next film planned...We're gonna go back in time.' And so I suddenly have this sinking feeling of 'Oh so, I won't be in it, so my performance as Beast will not be in it," the actor recalled. "That's what you're telling me'. Sure enough, it went back in time...I was gone!"

Last year, Grammer did weigh in on his unexpected MCU debut. "Beast is a passion for me," he said. "I've always wanted to be a blue person and now I am in film."

Adding that he "certainly hopes" to have a future as the character following his cameo, Grammer noted, "There's been some discussion. I've always wanted to play him again. It's a great feather in my cap now that to have him come back and have people still be interested in seeing who was arguably the greatest Beast ever."

Only time will tell what the future holds in store for Grammer's Beast, though we're expecting the X-Men's world to be revisited in the upcoming Avengers movies instead of a Captain Marvel threequel or Deadpool & Wolverine

You can hear more from Grammer (the X-Men talk begins around the 27:00 mark) in the player below.

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UniqNo
UniqNo - 6/18/2024, 5:01 AM
Dark Pheonix > The Last Stand, Apocalypse and Wolverine Origins.
ProfessorWhy
ProfessorWhy - 6/18/2024, 5:13 AM
@UniqNo - this is Absolutely true. It's also true that Dark Phoenix was pretty bad
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 6/18/2024, 5:10 AM
His Beast is still the best, so I hope gets to return. Maybe as part of a Guardians of the Multiverse with Captain Carter, Kahhori, Deadpool, Wolverine, Photon, Binary, the Spider-Men and Superior Iron Man?
ProfessorWhy
ProfessorWhy - 6/18/2024, 5:17 AM
@bkmeijer1 - the Beast from The Marvels will be integrated into the MCNew after secret wars, is my guess. I'm thinking live action X-men will be shooting for the look and feel of '97
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/18/2024, 5:20 AM
Still nothing about McKellen?
DrReedRichards
DrReedRichards - 6/18/2024, 5:52 AM
@ObserverIO -

I posted a link on an earlier thread, but none of the editors seem to have picked it up for an article. Good news is that he's expected to have a speedy recovery, from what I last read.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/18/2024, 6:09 AM
@DrReedRichards - You know that the first thing we all think is 'Oh shit here it comes', so it's good to hear he's recovering.

Now I can make this joke: I guess nobody told him to break a leg, huh? Ba-dum-tsshhh.
DrReedRichards
DrReedRichards - 6/18/2024, 6:17 AM
@ObserverIO -

A wizard falls neither too early nor too late. A wizard only falls PRECISELY WHEN HE MEANS TO!
IAmAHoot
IAmAHoot - 6/18/2024, 7:40 AM
The fact that so many people love him in that role, to this day made happy even just hearing him in The Marvels, is always going to be something for him to hold on to. He was an absolutely phenomenal choice, and he crushed it with what little time he had.
bobevanz
bobevanz - 6/18/2024, 8:50 AM
Perfect casting! Also the Frasier reboot was alright, they're making improvements for season two like making Roz full time and bringing back the live studio audience
HermanM
HermanM - 6/18/2024, 9:33 AM
He did great as Beast.
Order66
Order66 - 6/18/2024, 9:40 AM
He IS Beast.
Spoken
Spoken - 6/18/2024, 9:45 AM
Okay....Kelsey Grammer is to Beast...what Peter Cullen is to Optimus Prime. George Buza too.
InfinitePunches
InfinitePunches - 6/18/2024, 1:26 PM

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