Daniel Cudmore Looks Back On The X-MEN Movies And Auditioning For SUPERMAN

During a recent interview, actor Daniel Cudmore takes a walk down memory lane by discussing his involvement with the X-Men movie franchise, as well as talking about auditioning for Superman Returns and Man Of Steel.

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By Jake "WaylonJones" Lester - 10/20/2012

Most comic book fans will recognize Daniel Cudmore. Sure, it would be hard to miss him because he stands 6ft 7in, but he earned his recognition in the fanboy community by portraying Colossus in the X-Men Movie franchise. Newsarama got the chance to sit down with Cudmore and talk about his involvement with the X-Men movies, auditioning for Superman Returns, and revealing that he auditioned for Man Of Steel.

Q:Looking back at the X-Men franchise and your role as Colossus, was the plan always to have him become a major player in Last Stand?

"I don’t know. I don’t know those intricate details when it came to that. I know when I did it first, they were toying with the idea of “What do we do with the next one? Are we going to grow the character?” I was all for it. Colossus has so much more story, history and things that can be used in the film. Again, I don’t make those decisions. When X3 rolled around, I believe there was a bit of a bigger role, but it really just got down to....It’s like a totem pole and depending on where you rank on that, you get more screen time or less screen time. I know there was supposed to be more, but it got cut and changed around. At the end of the day, I’m happy I’m working. I don’t have the clout to be able to throw a hissy fit or voice my opinion as much. I would love to see more of Colossus and what he’s all about, as opposed to quick little cameos."


Q: In the movies, Colossus is the strong, but silent type. Did they ever ask you to practice a Russian accent?

"At first, I had a cattle call for X-Men 2, and this was at the very beginning of my career. After the cattle call and [after] they started to break down who the character was, I started to do my research. I rehearsed a Russian accent. Then when I got to shooting, maybe my Russian accent at the time wasn’t so great. Or, maybe it was the fact that Bryan Singer is not a big fan of accents. Every film he’s done, he’s had people do more of their natural accent, as opposed to trying to put on whatever it may be, so it doesn’t take away from their acting. Pyro was supposed to be Australian, Wolverine is supposed to be more Canadian and Storm was South African."


Q: At any point, was there talk about developing the iconic Peter/Kitty relationship?

"There were talks about that and then it sort of evolved into Iceman and Kitty. Again, totem pole and who has a bigger role. Sometimes, it’s who has a bigger name and maybe they see it more happening that way. I was so fresh and new, I didn’t even know what was happening."


Q: Reportedly, there were too many cooks in the kitchen for X-Men 3. Did you ever get the sense of that while filming?

"I don’t know. I don’t think I was there enough to really get the understanding of how the inner workings were going. Again, it was more of a cameo. I was there just doing my thing. I wasn’t there as much as some of the other actors were to get the inside of what was happening."


Q: It felt like Colossus, Kitty and Iceman were being groomed for a new generation of X-Men movies. Was that your impression as well?

"I started getting the feeling that maybe they might be going further. I think they decided to go in a different direction, and too bad. I would love to play him again, but where does he fit in the timeline and of which film?"


Q: You auditioned for Superman Returns. What do you recall about doing that?

"I auditioned for the one with Brandon Routh, which was not the greatest audition because I left acting for a year to pursue some sports. It was one of these auditions where my agent was like, “Just please go.” I was not in the headspace for acting. I needed some time away and I think the audition was probably just absolutely terrible. Then I auditioned for Man of Steel that is coming out. Really, I wanted them to see a good audition. I wasn’t having these aspirations of being the lead character."


For more on Cudmore's involvement with Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and Twilight head over to Newsarama. For the latest on the new X-Men film, Days of Future Past and Man Of Steel make sure you check back here at CBM.

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TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 10/20/2012, 8:04 AM
He was badass in X2, that scene with the guards was a fangasm for me. In x3, I think they played it smart by not having him talk, but why the [frick] did they make his hair metal too? In X2 it wasn't.



But now the guy is in Twilight and he is playing the Master Chief so...


marvel72 - 10/20/2012, 8:14 AM
one of the biggest f*ck ups with x-men 3 was you don't put colossus & juggernaunt in the same movie & don't have them collide.

the avengers got it right with thor vs the hulk,a short fight but probably my favorite moment in the avengers.
UltimaRex - 10/20/2012, 8:14 AM
He's too tall for Superman in JL. Unless Armie Hammer was Batman...

Did I just say that?

Ignore me...
TheLight - 10/20/2012, 8:21 AM
He would have been cool, but he was too tall.
RorMachine - 10/20/2012, 8:21 AM
He made absolutely no impact in either X movie whatsoever for me. What did he have, like 2 lines..1 per film? Now that obviously wasn't his fault, but I can't tell if he was awful or great because he was never given the chance to show it.
Forilaz - 10/20/2012, 8:22 AM
They should've asked him if he's interested in returning as Colossus in the Deadpool movie.

Spoiler: Colossus is in the Deadpool movie.
ClarkFarley2012 - 10/20/2012, 8:22 AM
Seems like a humble guy. He could've cursed them for his role in the X movies. His time will come.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 10/20/2012, 8:32 AM
The guy is great, he's a terrific actor, from what i've seen and he's extremely nice. I'm a big advocate for getting people from the same country and regions as the character (i.e., New Orleans actor for Gambit, Russian for Pete, Asian for Jubilee, etc.) and I'm an even bigger fan of Jim Lee's 90's run with Colossus in it. But if he were to come back for X-Men: Days of Future Past, I actually might have a reason not to completely boycott the film.
HeadlessJensen - 10/20/2012, 8:42 AM
I flippin love this guy. One of the best things about X2 and X3 was him. I even sufferd threw the second and third Twilight to see him. He looks beast as Master Chief! I hope he sticks around for a long time.
aztecRaingod - 10/20/2012, 8:54 AM
He would make an OK Superman, but I think they picked correctly with Cavill.
DrDoom - 10/20/2012, 9:01 AM
Too bad Colossus was totally shafted in the actual story department (like most mutants who are not Wolverine).
UltimaRex - 10/20/2012, 9:01 AM
@tea. Yeah, there's your He-Man right there.

Of course someone else would have to be Prince Adam...
mrHJK - 10/20/2012, 9:01 AM
I really hope they give him some sort of substantial role in Days of Future Past...

SPOILERS
And, if anyone has read the Deadpool script, that they keep him in there cause his part is cool.
Facade - 10/20/2012, 9:02 AM
This guy should've been Superman in MOS. If they use him for JL, I'm behind the project. If they use Cavill and Snyder, forget it.
LoudLon - 10/20/2012, 9:11 AM
Avengers 2 is coming up, stick him in there as Wonder Man.
gambgel - 10/20/2012, 9:12 AM
WHY no question about Days of future past??

He HAS to be on this sequel. The character was part of the scenes in the future, so he is a must
jimpinto24 - 10/20/2012, 9:38 AM
It's a shame Daniel Cudmore didn't get enough screen time in the X-Men trilogy. I thought he was good as Colossus.
thaonly1guly - 10/20/2012, 9:48 AM
For me I have always had him in mind for Captain Marvel/Shazam.

Daniel Cudmore as Captain Marvel/Shazam 6'7"


-and-

Dwayne"The Rock" Johnson as Black Adam 6'5"


WB/DC needs to make that happen.
superbatspiderman - 10/20/2012, 10:41 AM
@thaonly1guly - Man I have been sayng that for a long time now. Cudmore would be great as Captain Marvel and seeing him and the Rock having super powered battle would be amazing to see on the big screen.
SageMode - 10/20/2012, 11:11 AM
Yeah, not having Juggernaut and Colossus fight even in that horrible movie sucked.
Tony93 - 10/20/2012, 12:09 PM
I agree @gambitfreak.. That scene was so badass
Dev7 - 10/20/2012, 12:16 PM
So you guys want more former Marvel Hero actors to play DC future superheroes? Last time I checked those movies were complete shit.
Halle Berry as Catwoman and
Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

-_-
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/20/2012, 1:28 PM
I would have picked him as Conan.

Good call tea he would be awesome He-Man (who needs to see big as hell)
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/20/2012, 1:28 PM
be*
thaonly1guly - 10/20/2012, 1:37 PM
@Superbatspiderman - Yeah if they were to make that movie with those two that would be one hell of a cbm!!!
nowtheresaBATman - 10/20/2012, 1:38 PM
Right on Tea - He-man for sure. & your right about the transformation too. A different actor for Prince Adam would be unessesary.

DioFoRio - 10/20/2012, 4:18 PM
now that rothman is out of fox things may be looking up
Niuhll - 10/20/2012, 4:25 PM
I'd love to see more of this guy as Colossus, the character is in the Deadpool script i read, would like to see that happen.
mgeoff88 - 10/20/2012, 7:14 PM
I thought he was great as Colossus. The way I see it, he dodged a bullet by not starring in Superman Returns.

@teabag LMAO! Don't ever change, man. I just prefer the company of a beautiful woman myself, but I don't judge. :P

And great call on him playing He-Man. :)

@Niuhll I agree, he needs to come back as Colossus.
bbarber2323 - 10/21/2012, 12:28 AM
His character was in the newest XMen movie? Which one and what part?? Thanks!!
EarOne - 10/21/2012, 2:16 AM
if ONLY he was a much better actor, instead of just the muscle guy, i bet singer woulda given him a bigger role...y'know i think cudmore's just his type of dish.

and he got another shot at promoting his role to get a bigger portion in the story with X3, but i guess like he said, he was just not up to the task.

i hope he'd really focused on his acting now so he could get bigger and more major super hero roles..while they're still making em.
deamon - 10/21/2012, 5:14 AM
Bring back Cudmore! Give him cameo in Days of Future Past.
Dwayne Johsnon should play Apocalypse.
toco89 - 10/21/2012, 10:00 AM
@deamon

Dwayne Johnson as Apocalypse?

Fail.

Vaughn wants actors. Real ones.
Ryguy88 - 10/21/2012, 9:44 PM
He said more in this interview than he did in all the X-Men movies.
Hitboyj - 10/22/2012, 4:15 AM
Teabag are you a female Q? Well I say let him stay as Colossus his perfect but [frick] Fox!
plasticman - 10/22/2012, 6:44 AM
I would love to see him involved in Days of Future Past. In a time warp get thrown back to help out the current ensemble. I'd rather see that than more of Jean Grey. They have ruined the character of Jean Grey for me.

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