Halle Berry Allegedly Deceived into ‘X-Men’ Movie Role. Hollywood director Matthew Vaughn, known for his work on “Kick-Ass” and the “Kingsman” franchise, has come forward with a startling claim about Halle Berry’s involvement in the “X-Men” film series. Vaughn, who eventually directed “X-Men: First Class,” shared a story with The Hollywood Reporter (THR) about an incident from the mid-2000s when he was initially attached to “X-Men: The Last Stand.”
According to Vaughn, he was brought on to direct the second sequel, but at that point, Halle Berry had not officially signed on to reprise her role as Storm, despite other key actors like Hugh Jackman committing to the project. During pre-production, Vaughn alleges that he stumbled upon a deceptive move orchestrated by a studio executive.
Vaughn’s account suggests that he entered an executive’s office and discovered a new script for “X3,” noticeably different from the one he had approved. When he inquired about the changes, the executive reportedly downplayed it, but Vaughn insisted on investigating further. To his surprise, he found an entire scene featuring Halle Berry’s character, Storm, where she uses her superpowers to aid starving children in Africa.
Per Vaughn’s recollection, he questioned the sudden addition and asserted that it wasn’t the script he had approved. In response, he claims he was told, “‘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.'” Essentially, the studio was planning to pretend to include the scene that Halle wanted in the film but intended to discard it once she had committed to the project.
Vaughn expressed his disgust at this revelation, stating, “I was like, ‘Wow, you’re going to do that to an Oscar-winning actress who plays Storm? I’m outta here.’ So I quit at that point.”
While Vaughn refrains from naming the individuals involved, his account raises concerns, especially considering that Halle Berry did eventually appear in the film, and the described Storm scene was conspicuously absent. As of now, there has been no statement released by Halle Berry’s team regarding these allegations.