August 3, 2021

X-Men: The Final Battle | Vinnie Jones says Juggernaut was reduced to an extra and the director answers him

While the first X-Men trilogy served as a watershed and precursor to superhero cinema, its closure was not exactly the most praised. X-Men: The Final Battle – 58% is one of the films most criticized by the savvy fans of the comic strips, who assured that too many opportunities and important characters were wasted, like all the development of Phoenix and the powers of Jean (Famke Janssen). On the other hand, not only the public was dissatisfied since Vinnie Jones has alleged that his character was diluted and almost erased from the script; before these accusations the director of the tape has responded to him.

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Jones (Pigs and Diamonds – 73%, Swordfish: Access Authorized – 26%) played Juggernaut in the third X-Men movie, an iconic character within the world of comics. According to the actor’s words, what we saw on the screen was not what he had signed for and he assured in an interview for Comic Book Movie He was destined to have a bigger role in the film, as he was cast by filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, who was the original director of the film, but when Brett Ratner (Hercules – 60%, An Explosive Couple – 60%, Red Dragon – 69%) to lead the project, the character was diluted until it seemed like an extra:

They basically robbed me. Matthew Vaughn put me on board and it was a great role and a great script, and Juggernaut is a great character… Brett Ratner basically disbanded the character. I was in my damn trailer half the time. It is one of the most disappointing jobs. It wasn’t the same Juggernaut I signed up for. They took away his story, his dialogue. I had two big meetings with Brett about it, and he said, ‘Yeah yeah, we’re on it. They are writing things for you as we speak and it never happened. It was one of the biggest disappointments …

In his statement he added that like the fans he does not understand the saturation of characters that he carried out and that he would like to return to play Juggernaut in a “correct” way. Obviously, this has not gone unnoticed and the director answered these accusations through what was a long Instagram post but ended up erasing. However, on the Internet things never disappear and some media managed to rescue her, and it is said that she started by making a joke by saying that Mystique was more pleasant to look at, then she added (via Cinema Blend):

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In all seriousness, I filmed the script they gave me and was unable to expand the role of Juggernaut as per Vinnie’s request due to the extremely limited time I had to deliver the film. I have the utmost respect and admiration for Vinnie Jones and his talents and I thought he created a memorable character.

The most memorable involvement we saw of Juggernaut in the frame of the film comes down to an encounter with Kitty, the character Ellen Page played. It wasn’t even quite a battle and his line was: ‘Don’t you know who I am? I’m an idiot Juggernaut ‘, he begins to go through the walls and ends up being defeated due to losing his powers and being unconscious, just like that. One of the many reasons why both the actor and fans were disappointed.

The character reappeared in what Ryan Reynolds called a major CGI battle during the last act of Deadpool 2 – 85%. Now that Disney has the rights to the mutants, Juggernaut is expected to have better on-screen representation. Let us remember his importance by highlighting that he is Professor X’s stepbrother. The possibilities are endless with Marvel Studios, we only have to wait to find out what direction they will take.

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