When the casting stories for X-Men: Days of Future Past began to hit, it became clear very quickly that director Bryan Singer was bringing back nearly every actor who had ever appeared in one of the proper X-Men films. The split timeline of the superhero pic made it possible to use Patrick Stewart and James McAcvoy in the same movie, and towards the end of the film, even more actors popped up in some quick, exciting cameos. Once such actor was Kelsey Grammer, whose first and only other appearance as Beast was in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.
While speaking with Grammer in Hong Kong in anticipation of the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Steve also asked the actor about his appearance in X-men: Days of Future Past. Grammer revealed that he actually called Singer personally to see if he could come back, and expressed his desire to play Beast again in another future X-Men film. More after the jump.
Grammer said he was “delighted” to get back in the Beast makeup for his appearance in the new timeline at the end of Days of Future Past, and told Steve that he took the initiative to see if he could perform the cameo:
“Actually I called Bryan. I bumped into Hugh Jackman and he said, ‘Oh you’re gonna be in another X-Men, mate!’ and I said, ‘No I’m not, I don’t know anything about it.’ So I made a couple of inquiries, got a hold of the script, found out that it’s primarily dealing with the past and that timeline I don’t have a place in, but I saw that at the end there was this coda where he made an appearance. I said, ‘Listen, I really wanna be involved,’ so Bryan arranged for it and I had a lovely time.”
The actor reiterated his delight at returning to the role, adding that he hopes it wasn’t for the last time:
“I hope to do another. I hope they find some way to come up with a new story that involves Beast in my timeline.”
For the immediate future, Fox is putting together the Days of Future Past sequel X-Men: Apocalypse which takes place in the 1980s. However, given the tease of the new timeline at the end of Days of Future Past involving the original X-Men cast, it’s certainly possible that there are more stories to be told with that group of actors. Should this come to pass, it’s sounds like Grammer would very much like to be involved.
Watch the portion of Steve’s interview with Grammer regarding X-Men below, and look for the full interview on Collider soon.