X-Men star Bruce Davison has revealed that conservative politicians loved his antagonist character, Senator Kelly.
In the comics and most adaptations, Senator Robert Kelly is a politician who spearheads The Mutant Registration Act. A not so subtle stand-in for conservative politicians who stood against various Civil Rights Acts, the character served as one of the series main antagonists. Eventually, in the comics, he would change his ways and in the 1990s animated series even became President and was openly supportive of Mutant rights.
In the X-Men films, Senator Kelly is played by actor Bruce Davison. Like his comic book counterpart, Senator Kelly spearheaded the Mutant Registration Act, prompting Magneto to kidnap him and turn him into a mutant. Unfortunately, Senator Kelly did not survive the transformation with Mystique impersonating him in X2: X-Men United. While in Washington for the Creative Coalition, Bruce Davison discovered that there were many politicians that really liked and related to Senator Kelly.
While speaking to Inverse, Bruce Davison recounted how Republican politicians would go absolutely nuts for his Senator Kelly character:
“I was spending a lot of time in Washington with the Creative Coalition campaigning for the arts, and they would only send me into the Republican offices because the Republicans would all go nuts over Senator Kelly. It was great, talking to Brownback and his people about, ‘Oh, yeah, Senator Kelly. I can identify with this guy.’”
What do you all make of Bruse Davison’s words? Does it shock you to hear that conservative politicians relate to Senator Kelly from the X-Men franchise? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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.
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