X2: X-MEN UNITED's Nightcrawler Actor Alan Cumming Says It's "Gayest Film That I've Ever Done"

X2: X-MEN UNITED's Nightcrawler Actor Alan Cumming Says It's "Gayest Film That I've Ever Done"

X2: X-Men United star Alan Cumming has reflected on playing Nightcrawler in the 2003 movie and explains why he believes the movie's themes make it by far his "gayest" project to date. Check it out...

By JoshWilding - Jun 17, 2024 05:06 AM EST
Filed Under: X-Men
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Alan Cumming played Nightcrawler in 2003's X2: X-Men United, though the role ended up being a one-and-done for the actor. He didn't return for X-Men: The Last Stand and was also absent from X-Men: Days of Future Past

Later, Kodi Smit-McPhee replaced Cumming as a younger version of Kurt Wagner, portraying the teleporting mutant in X-Men: Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix. Unfortunately, we never got anything quite as memorable as the original Nightcrawler's attack on the White House. 

Talking to Entertainment Weekly about his status as a queer actor, Cumming reflected on his superhero movie debut and explained why he believes the X-Men sequel is by far his "gayest film."

"Oh, I think the X-Men film I'm in [2003’s X2: X-Men United,] is the gayest film that I've ever done. It's got a queer director, lots of queer actors in it," he tells the site. "I love the fact that something so mainstream and so in the comic book world is so queer. In a way, those sorts of films really help people understand queerness, because you can address it in an artistic way, and everyone is less scared of the concept."

"It's an allegory about queerness, about people having these great gifts and really great, powerful things that they have to hide to exist. Queer people understand what that's all about," Cumming concluded.

While several actors from previous X-Men movies will appear in Deadpool & Wolverine, there's been nothing to suggest that Cumming's Nightcrawler will be among them. It still feels like we haven't seen the definitive version of the character on screen, so here's hoping that changes in the MCU. 

"It was funny that film because I really like it and everyone really responded to Nightcrawler and enough time has elapsed that I would like to go back to it," Cumming said in 2013. "Although then when I did that film it was sort of the start of this spate of superhero and comic books made into films so it felt a little more special then it does now."

"X2 was a really great film, not just as a comic book film. I think it’s one of the films I’d been in that I think of as really good."

X2: X-Men United was directed by Bryan Singer and revolved around an attack on the President of the United States by Nightcrawler, which heightens anti-mutant sentiment and prompts military scientist Colonel William Stryker to launch an assault on Professor Xavier's school.

Stryker's vendetta against mutants leads him to kidnap Professor X and plan an attack to eradicate all mutants using Xavier's telepathic abilities. The X-Men and Magneto join forces to stop Stryker and save their kind.

Do you agree with Cummings' X2 assessment? 

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Spawnnn
Spawnnn - 6/17/2024, 6:02 AM
The first two X-Men films were so ahead of their time. This and Raimis Spidey were the groundwork for the modern CBM genre.
Lem1
Lem1 - 6/17/2024, 10:40 AM
@Spawnnn - And Batman (1989) and I would say Dick Tracy, that unique and campy 1990 cinematic gem that got nominated for 6 Oscars and won 3
OrgasmicPotatoe
OrgasmicPotatoe - 6/17/2024, 6:05 AM
It'll be hard to top the White House assault scene.

Definitive on-screen Nightcrawler right there. Shame he wasn't in X3, or DOFP.
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 6/17/2024, 7:54 AM
@OrgasmicPotatoe - tho BvS was a bad movie, Batman's warehouse scene definitely equals Nightcrawler's white house scene.
OrgasmicPotatoe
OrgasmicPotatoe - 6/17/2024, 7:59 AM
@lazlodaytona - Agreed, I hate bvs with a burning passion, but I rewatch that scene from time to time on YouTube.

Tho it's short, the one-shot in Logan where he shreds through 5-6 guys after taking the juice also gets me pretty hyped up
Evansly
Evansly - 6/17/2024, 12:43 PM
@OrgasmicPotatoe - One of the best starts to a movie ever!
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 6/17/2024, 2:23 PM
@OrgasmicPotatoe - 100% agreed
TheMetaMan
TheMetaMan - 6/17/2024, 6:06 AM
The casting of Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler was inspired and it paid off beautifully. He’s one of the best elements in that film amongst so many other things that also make it such a great film.
OptimusCrime
OptimusCrime - 6/17/2024, 6:10 AM
Wasnt he also Loki in that "The Mask" sequel
TheMetaMan
TheMetaMan - 6/17/2024, 7:11 AM
@OptimusCrime - We don’t mention the film. It doesn’t exist lol.
OptimusCrime
OptimusCrime - 6/17/2024, 7:19 AM
@TheMetaMan - .....

....

What film?
UniqNo
UniqNo - 6/17/2024, 6:19 AM
Cumming was dope! but i'm not trying to point out people, but who else was aside from him were openly queer aside from Singer and McKellen?

"I love the fact that something so mainstream and so in the comic book world is so queer. In a way, those sorts of films really help people understand queerness, because you can address it in an artistic way, and everyone is less scared of the concept."

That is a cool quote though. X-men can also be related to racism and xenophobia.
IAmAHoot
IAmAHoot - 6/17/2024, 6:36 AM
@UniqNo - I guess Anna Paquin is bisexual. Otherwise, ?
UniqNo
UniqNo - 6/17/2024, 6:43 AM
@IAmAHoot - Didn't know that, butEh, i guess it doesn't really matter, but in 2003 when i was younger i guess it felt like it would have been a big deal.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/17/2024, 7:22 AM
@UniqNo - Possibly more than we know as not all are open about such things outside of close friends and colleages and when it comes to behind the scenes peeps be it the folk working sound and cameras all the way to the top etc...

...the guy spent a lot of time in hair and makeup so the amount of time he spent with them it would be a huge deal if any were LGBT+ and even if not and just allies he could be open with and engage in, for want of a better term, girly chat but he isn't likely to out anyone like that by saying so...

...not gonna go through the cast list and crosscheck who else has come out however but just having the director and McKellen, along with Steward who isn't (although has stated who he is attracted to is not dictated by gender so likely at least queer even if only in str8 relationshps) but when Patrick is chatting alongside Ian you'd be forgiven for thinking he was gay (or even that the two are in a gay relationship they are that close as friends) and a major ally is going to feel a big thing for an LGBT+ supporting actor.

You also have the likes of Halle Berry who although has not been open about herself on such things has also advocated a lot for the fluidity of sexual identity and yeh, I do think Anna Paquin is bisexual.
UniqNo
UniqNo - 6/17/2024, 7:50 AM
@Apophis71 - Eh, well i considered the crew etc, but he specifially said "lots of queer ACTORS" so that's where my focus went.

Either way, like i said I suppose it doesn't matter as that's their private life, but the theme and story around mutants and being treated different and the time it came out in '03, it would have interesting if it was more publicised. I don't think it would have been pandering or have had people talking all about 'woke' stuff i think it actually may have sold the movie more tbh, but again, that's people's personal life...i was just being nosey.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/17/2024, 8:01 AM
@UniqNo - True, and fair enough, lol
HermanM
HermanM - 6/17/2024, 8:50 AM
@UniqNo - Why Singer's good friend Brian Peck is also queer of course.

Bryan Singer is a well known gay jewish man and was close with fellow jewish gay man Brian Peck, both of whom have been revealed as child molestors since the making of those films.

Singer let his buddy Brian Peck cameo in his X-men films:

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Brian Peck famously molested Drake Bell and exchanged letters with John Wayne Gacy and had pictures of him in his house:

https://www.businessinsider.com/drake-bell-abuser-brian-peck-friends-with-serial-killer-john-wayne-gacy-2024-3

Bryan Singer also had James Marsden defend Brian Peck in court. Peck recieved a light sentence and was able to work in Hollywood with children again shortly after, because Hollywood is ran by these people that prey on children.

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TheFinestSmack
TheFinestSmack - 6/17/2024, 8:56 AM
@HermanM - Jump ahead to about 45 seconds and watch as Leo instinctively moves his hand back to protect is back side.
UniqNo
UniqNo - 6/17/2024, 9:22 AM
@HermanM - "Bryan Singer also had James Marsden defend Brian Peck in court"

Dam, i wonder what dirt Singer has on Marsden to make him, a grown ass man, defend a child molester in court!?
HermanM
HermanM - 6/17/2024, 9:25 AM
@UniqNo - Marsden is probably bisexual and exchanging a favor for his career. He knows who butters his bagel.

https://stylecaster.com/lists/james-marsden-brian-peck-letter/
UniqNo
UniqNo - 6/17/2024, 9:31 AM
@HermanM - Hahaha! man i missed you badoptics! that one got a laugh out me for real! You're still a shit stirrer though, with all your racist and far right rhetoric, but you're funny!
Patient2670
Patient2670 - 6/17/2024, 12:26 PM
@HermanM - Did Mel Gibson really say this? Not sure he's a great spokesman for morality in Hollywood. On top of everything else, didn't he knock up one of his son's friends?
HermanM
HermanM - 6/17/2024, 12:27 PM
@Patient2670 - Yeah, he's said it a few times apparently. Not sure who he knocked up, but even a scumbag can see his statement is true. It's just an observational truth.
Patient2670
Patient2670 - 6/17/2024, 12:46 PM
@HermanM - I'm just saying that Gibson had a pretty long and lucrative run in that "Institutional Pedophile Ring" and decided never spoke out until his own actions came under fire. I think that before he waded into the fight, he should have considered whether his opinion would help or hurt the cause.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/17/2024, 1:07 PM
@Patient2670 - He'd been saying that since the 2000s around the time he made The Passion and got blacklisted by Hollywood.
Patient2670
Patient2670 - 6/17/2024, 2:43 PM
@HermanM - If so, he was saying it while still taking a paycheck from these people. And the passion of the Christ wasn't what got him Blacklisted. Even if it was controversial, it made a shit ton of money, to huge acclaim. He even got to follow it up with another movie spoken in another dead language, Apocalypto. In the end, it was his own mouth that got him shut out and it certainly wasn't for speaking out against them.
abd00bie
abd00bie - 6/17/2024, 3:06 PM
@Apophis71 - Hugh Jackman is allegedly gay
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/17/2024, 3:35 PM
@abd00bie - Allegedly doesn't mean his is, been married to a woman for 27yrs (with kids to he fathered) which on it's own doesn't mean he isn't LGBT+ but certainly would at least indicate bi not gay.

Both Hugh and his wife have consistently shut down such allegations every time they crop up whilst at the same time being strong allies of those who are. As they are advocates for the community you would expect they would admit if he was bi, rather than just a straight cisgender ally of the LGBT+ community.

If ANY of that matters, but it realy shouldn't.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/17/2024, 3:44 PM
@Patient2670 - Not so, he had his own studio and was big enough at that point to not have to go through them. Regardless, what he said is obviously true, and they hated The Passion and exploited Gibson's shortcomings to destroy him instead of covering them up like they do their pedo scandals.
Patient2670
Patient2670 - 6/17/2024, 4:15 PM
@HermanM - He had his own production company, not studio. Very different. They were distributed by the studios. The Passion was distributed by 20th Century. And it wasn't those studios who destroyed him, they simply disavowed him once he got himself in trouble publicly. But this seems to be a moot point, as after starting this discussion with you, I did some quick research which seems to refute that this quote was real. That included a denial buy Gibson's own people. Here's a link to one of the articles I found: https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN24O1ZY/
HermanM
HermanM - 6/17/2024, 4:43 PM
@Patient2670 - OK. Well, whether he said it or not, it has merit. Big studios may have distributed the film but the Hollywood (((powers that be))) decided to exploit Gibson's shortcomings after the film to destroy him instead of suppressing bad publicity like they do their pedo rings and stories they don't want distributed.
Patient2670
Patient2670 - 6/17/2024, 5:54 PM
@HermanM -I'm not trying to call you out on this, I just still think that's a lot of supposition. I don't think the studio hated the Passion. Why? Because they released it. The way it worked was, Icon, Gibson's cpmpany raised the finances to produce the movie, then 20th, bid against other studios (everybody wanted it, after Braveheart) and entered into a deal - wherein they paid Icon (And Gibson) a lot of money, for the rights to distribute the movie. In return, it and He made the studio (as well as themselves) a lot of money. Not sure if your assumption is that they wanted to "destroy" him because of his opinion on jews, but even still, they went ahead made the same deal with him for his next movie, Apocalypto. It was after that movie, where Gibson's problems started, stemming from his drunken ranting arrest, and everything that came after. The studios didn't exploit that, because again, they still released the movie - after his arrest. An investment like actually that gives them motive to supress the story or try to cover it up - like you say. And yet... Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the studios are saints or don't try to tamp down potentially bad press, but saying that they're the ones that destroyed him, doesn't work logically. As a matter of fact, I think they're guilty of the same thing I suggested that Gibson was. They rode his gravy train until the wheels fell off and then turmed their backs on him.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/17/2024, 10:56 PM
@Patient2670 - Newmarket Films distributed The Passion of The Christ, which is the biggest independent movie ever made. The Passion broke all of the Hollywood rules about how jews are allowed to be portrayed in film: instead of portraying them as victims or eccentric funny people with a slightly different religion or maybe even a little greedy at worst, it portrayed them as they were in the Bible: powerful and dangerous.

Mel Gibson is far from perfect himself, he has a drinking and anger and woman problem to say the very least, but this is quite tepid compared to pedophile/rapist Hollywood, who covered up for Harvey Weinstein, Bryan Singer, Brian Peck, etc., for decades. If an actor's star is rising or falling in the media, it is because the people that run it are propelling it in either direction.
Patient2670
Patient2670 - 6/18/2024, 12:11 AM
@HermanM - Newmarket was one of the companies involved with The Passion, along with 20th Century and then WB Home media. and again, they all went back to the same well for Apocalypto. And then, Hacksaw Ridge - which was after Gibson's legal troubles. As long as Singer and Weinstein and Gibson were profitable, they kept getting work. When they were no longer profitable, or simply not worth the bad press, companies stopped working with them. That's all the studios look at. Again, you're entitled to your opinion, and I certainly won't be hurt when you don't agree with me. I was simply asking about the quote you posted, as I hadn't seen it before, and this turned into a different conversation.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/18/2024, 2:52 AM
@Patient2670 - Regardless of whether Gibson himself actually said such a quote, it is true, and he has made other similar statements before ("gay bashing" remarks about Hollywood).

Gibson never stopped being profitable, the media destroyed his image by exploiting his shortcomings against him. Again, they can cover up all manner of scandal and pedo rings for decades and suppress what they don't want getting traction, and exacerbate and bullhorn the things that they want people to know about.

They labeled Gibson as a jew hater when The Passion came out, just like they labeled Michael Jackson as one for "They Don't Care About Us," or Bobby Fischer but the ADL going after those guys didn’t turn the public against them. So they go back to the drawing board and recalibrate and do a different tactic of attack; they have to destroy Gibson/Jackson in the eyes of the public first to discredit them and then destroy them.

In the case of Epstein/Weinstein, Weinstein got too loud with his actions and impossible to cover up anymore.
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