When it comes to adapting comic-books for the big screen, usually the original writers and illustrators are congenial guys who are happy to say nice words about the movie and graciously accept any privileges (or bags of cash) that come their way. But not John Byrne.
Of course, Byrne is the veteran comic-book artist who provided the illustrations for many of Chris Claremont's most popular X-Men stories, including the recently adapted X-Men: Days of Future Past. It seems the X-Men legend is a little bit less than keen when it comes to the filmic versions of his famous characters, so much so he wouldn't even want to appear as a cameo. When asked on his message board if he would accept a small role in [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942), he responded saying:
Given how much I’ve haaaaaaaaated what the movies have done with the X-Men, being offered a ‘cameo’ would feel a lot like the prom scene in Carrie.
However, it seems he might be alone in this opinion. His colleagues and fellow X-Men comic-book creators Chris Claremont and Len Wein will apparently be appearing in the latest X-Men movie. With this in mind, I'm sure if Byrne had really wanted one Bryan Singer could have found some way to arrange it.
In fact, the inclusion of Claremont and Wein in Days of Future Past could have been a little bit of a conciliatory move by Fox. Both Wolverine co-creators were involved in the production of last year's The Wolverine, although neither of them were included in the credits. Maybe this time they can get a bit more recognition?
What do you think? Do you respect John Byrne for speaking his mind?