The X-Men movies have had some actors and actresses that have become inseparable from their characters. One of the mutant portrayals that has become iconic within the films is that of Sir Ian McKellen’s take on Erik Lehnsherr a.k.a. Magneto.
McKellen has plenty to be proud of with his contributions to the X-Men franchise. Every time he appeared onscreen as Magneto – particularly when he shares the screen with Patrick Stewart’s Professor X was incredibly riveting.
But if there is one thing that McKellen was disappointed about when it came to playing Magneto, it was his costume. While speaking to Variety, McKellen lamented that his costume was not as flamboyant and colorful as the costume presented in the comics:
“I wasn’t allowed to wear that outfit. I don’t look like Magneto in the comics — always shot from the crotch level.”
McKellen is not the only actor in the X-Men franchise not to have his costume not perfectly reflect the comics. Hugh Jackman never wore the yellow Wolverine suit throughout his 17 year run as the character.
As nice as it would have been if the team behind the X-Men films allowed McKellen to wear a more flamboyant costume as represented from the comics, perhaps the design would not have translated so well onscreen. Besides, the costume as presented in the films still makes him look intimidating.
What do you think of McKellen’s comments? Would you have liked to see him where a more colorful, flamboyant outfit? Would you like to see Michael Fassbender don a more flamboyant outfit in X-Men: Dark Phoenix? Sound off in the comments below.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix rises on November 2, 2018. The film stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier (Professor X), Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), Sophie Turner as Jean Grey (Dark Phoenix), Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers (Cyclops), Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy (Beast), Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler), and Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe (Storm).