Colin Firth Was Considered For 'X-Men: First Class' Villain, Says Matthew Vaughn

DESCPeople can get pretty opinionated on their choice of actors when comic books get made into movies, and “X-Men: First Class” director Matthew Vaughn only had two men in mind for the casting of villain Sebastian Shaw. For him, it was either going to be Kevin Bacon or Colin Firth.

Kevin Bacon ended up with the role, but Vaughn told TotalFilm that Firth was high in the running.

“There were only two people I wanted for Shaw,” he said. “It was between Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon.”

So why Firth?

“The reason I thought Firth would be interesting was purely because you’ve never seen him play a villain and I think he would’ve done something really special with it,” the director explained.

Firth does have a long record of well-known work, including being in “Pride and Prejudice,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “The King’s Speech.”

“So I said [to the studio] if you’re willing to go with a European actor, I want Firth – and if it has to be American, I want Bacon because I think both those guys are such great actors,” he said.

Vaughn did get one of his top choices, but do you think he ever wonders how the role would have come out with Firth as the character?

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