Juggernaut actor Vinnie Jones has thrown shade at X-Men: The Last Stand and its director Brett Ratner.
X-Men: The Last Stand was one of the many lows that the X-Men franchise dealt with in its early days. One of the biggest criticisms the third film in the franchise received was its mediocre script and nonsensical characters. Perhaps the most enduring part of the film’s legacy has to be the character of Juggernaut, who has appeared in a variety of memes since the project’s mid-2000’s debut. Juggernaut, played by Vinnie Jones, is best remembered for chasing down Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde as he yells profanities.
In a recent interview with ComicbookMovie, Vinnie Jones opened up about his brief stint as Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand. Besides airing out some of his frustrations with director Brett Ratner, Jones revealed that he had originally signed on for three films. Jones also touched upon how he never got to play the Juggernaut that he originally signed on for.
“I loved the role, but hopefully you can put it f***ing right here, mate. I basically got mugged off. Matthew Vaughn signed me up, and it was a great role and a great script, and Juggernaut was a great character. I signed up for three of them, and that will show you how serious I was about it. Brett Ratner basically dissolved the character. I was in my f***ing trailer half the time. It’s one of the most disappointing jobs I’ve been on as far as, you know, ‘What am I doing here?'”
“It wasn’t the same Juggernaut as I signed on for. They took his storyline away, they’d taken his character away, his dialogue. I had two big meetings with Brett about it, and he said, ‘Yeah, yeah, it’s coming. They’re writing stuff for you as we speak’ and it never f***ing happened,” Jones continued. “Disappointment wise, that was probably one of the biggest. What’s upsetting is some of the fans blame me! It was f***ing nothing to do with me! That role, I didn’t sign up for. The Juggernaut you saw was not the Juggernaut I signed on for with Matthew Vaughn, I’ll tell you that now. It upset me.”
Vinnie Jones continued by discussing how disappointed he was that he was merely reduced to an extra in X-Men: The Last Stand.
“I know what it means to the fans, and I felt like I was a bit of a scapegoat as no one ever told my side of it. Nobody ever stood up and said, ‘Hold on a minute, we completely whitewashed Vinnie’s character. Basically, I was an extra, mate. That’s how I felt. I was gutted, to be honest.”
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Here is the official synopsis for the latest film in the franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix:
This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet — one of their own.
Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is now available on Digital HD, 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of the X-Men franchise, Vinnie Jones’ Juggernaut, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more video content!