Halle Berry Tricked Into 2006 “ X-Men: The Last Stand” Film, Actress Given Fake Script By Execs About Her Character Saving African Kids “Dying Of No Water”
It seems like Fox executives did whatever they deemed necessary in order to get Halle Berry to sign on the dotted line.
Over the years, movie lovers have watched Halle Berry, 57, step into the role of many memorable characters. Some of her projects such as the 2004 film “Catwoman” were met with a little pushback. However, the majority of her films were well-received by critics. One movie role the Academy Award winner will probably always be tied to is her portrayal of the “X-Men” superhero Storm. The world first saw Halle Berry embody the mutant in 2000. Then, she reprised the role a few more times, with her most recent Storm run being in 2014.
However, according to film director Matthew Vaughn, Halle Berry didn’t plan to return for the third installment of the film franchise and was lied to by execs in order to get her to sign the contract. During a recent panel discussion, Matthew Vaughn explained why he opted not to direct the third “X-Men” project and said,
“I went into one of the executive’s office and I saw an X3 script, and I immediately knew it was a lot fatter. I was like what the hell is this draft. He went, ‘Don’t worry about it,’ and I’m like, ‘No, no. I’m the director. I’m worrying about this draft.”
Matthew Vaughn continued,
“He wouldn’t tell me, so I grabbed it literally — it was like a crazy moment — opened the first page, and it said, ‘Africa. Storm. Kids dying of no water. She creates a thunderstorm and saves all these children.’”
“The King’s Man” director thought the idea was “pretty cool,” but unfortunately it was just a fake script created to get Halle Berry to return to the franchise. He said,
“[I went,] ‘What is this?’ [They said,] ‘Oh, it’s Halle Berry’s script. I went, ‘OK, because she hasn’t signed up yet.’ ‘But this is what she wants it to be, and once she signs up, we’ll throw it in the bin,’”
Matthew Vaughn added,
“I was like, ‘Wow, you’re gonna do that to an Oscar-winning actress who plays Storm? I’m outta here.’ So I quit at that point.”
Matthew Vaughn directed “X-Men: First Class,” which was released in 2011. As of now, it’s unclear how Halle Berry felt about the alleged decoy script but she did return once again for 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” in which Matthew Vaughn reportedly helped develop the story and served as a producer.