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Comic book fans will always have the sense of possession and responsibility on every character they grew up loving. Resultantly, when film studios decide to bring out a comic book character in live action, the casting choices are always the most critical part for them. Fans will always excoriate the studio's selected actor for its physique, acting capability and even their nationality or citizenship whether they have the same persona with the character they are going to portray.

So here's the list of 10 Actors Who Don't Have The Same Nationality As The Marvel Character They Portrayed

10. Aaron Stanford

Aaron Stanford is an American actor who is best known for his role as Pyro in X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. He was born in Westford, Massachusetts and began his acting career from year 2001 up to date. His first major film was in an indie film entitled Tadpole and that earned him a nomination in Golden Satellite Award for his performance. Bryan Singer, director of X2, was impressed by his performance so he casted Stanford as Pyro in the 2003 blockbuster film X2 and he later reprised his role in the third installment X-Men: The Last Stand directed by Brett Ratner.

However, despite the fact that he did very well in portraying the character, St. John Allerdyce, also known as Pyro, was actually born and raised in Australia.

9. Ioan Gruffudd

Looks familiar? Of course he does! Ioan Gruffudd was born on October 6, 1973 in Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales. He started acting at age 13 and began starring in a Welsh television film, Austin (1986). Ioan portrayed comic book characters from both Marvel and DC comics. He starred as Mister Fantastic in Marvel's Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) and provided the voice of Mister Miracle in DC's Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006).

Though he may have some of the looks of Mister Fantastic, Reed Richards was actually born in Central City, California.

8. Charlie Cox

Charlie Thomas Cox, a British actor, who was born on December 15, 1982 in London, England. He is known for his roles in Stardust as Tristan Thorn, Jonathan Jones in The Theory of Everything, Owen Sleater in HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Matthew Murdock/Daredevil in Marvel's Daredevil TV Series by Netflix.

His performance as Matt Murdock/Daredevil was praised by the American Foundation for the Blind that earned him a Helen Keller Achievement Award for his portrayal. Charlie Cox might be the perfect person for the character, nevertheless, Daredevil, the man without fear, was born and raised in the New York borough of Hell's Kitchen.

7. Anna Paquin

Born in Manitoba, one of the provinces in Canada, and brought up in Wellington, New Zealand, Anna Paquin debuted in Jane Campion's romantic drama film The Piano (1993) at the age of 11 as Flora McGrath where she received the 1993 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the second-youngest Academy Award Winner in Oscar history after Tatum O'Neal.

Paquin appeared in numerous roles like as the waitress Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood with co-star Stephen Moyer who eventually became her husband but best known as the mutant superheroine Rogue also known as Anna Marie, who was actually born in Caldecott County, Mississippi. She played the character ever since X-Men in 2000, its sequel X2 in 2003, X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006 and made her comeback in the blockbuster film X-Men: Days of Future Past.

6. Olivia Munn

Lisa Olivia Munn was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her mother is a Vietnamese-American while her father is of English, Scottish and German ancestry. She is an actress, model, television personality and author. Munn launched into her professional career as a television journalist before becoming an actress. She co-hosted Attack of the Show! from 2006-2010 and was a correspondent on The Daily Show from 2010 to 2011.

Munn will appear in X-Men: Apocalypse as the telekinetic human mutant Elizabeth Braddock/Pyslocke who was born in United Kingdom and a twin sister to Brian Braddock also known as Captain Britain.

5. Ian McKellen

Sir Ian Murray McKellen CH, KBE is an English actor. He was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire. McKellen's work ranges from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction films. Even so, McKellen is well known for his portrayal of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and as Magneto in the X-Men films.

Ian McKellen played the role of Magneto, a powerful mutant who has the ability to generate and control magnetic fields, who was born as Max Eisenhardt to a middle-class German-Jewish family. McKellen portrayed the character since X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past until the German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender take on the role as the young Erik Lehnsherr.

4. Famke Janssen

Born in Amstelveen in the Netherlands, Famke Beumer Janssen is a Dutch actress, director, screenwriter and former fashion model. She appeared in various films like GoldenEye where she played Xenia Onatopp, in Nip/Tuck as Ava Moore, Lenore Mills in Taken, Taken 2 and Taken 3 and as Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men film series.

In the 2000 X-Men film, Famke played Dr. Jean Grey, a mutant with telepathic and telekinetic abilities who was born and grew up in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She then reprised the role in the 2003 sequel X2 where her character was presumably killed but later returns in X-Men: The Last Stand whose death in X2 awoke her dark alternate personality, Phoenix, earning Janssen a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for that role. She returned as Jean Grey in The Wolverine in 2013 as hallucinations of Wolverine and made a brief cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past after Wolverine went back in time to change the course of the future.

3. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is an American actress, model and singer. Johansson made her film debut in North (1994) and continues to accumulate prominence in a variety of roles. She is considered one of Hollywood's modern sex symbols and was even named as the "Sexiest Woman Alive" by the Esquire magazine in both 2006 and 2013 and the "Sexiest Celebrity" by Playboy magazine in 2007.

Scarlett Johansson already starred in different movies but she is currently well-known for appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Russian agent Natasha Romanova also known as Black Widow.

2. Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE is an English actor whose career has included appearances on stage, television and film. He began starring in American films with roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films and as Charles Xavier/Professor X in the X-Men film series, except X-Men: First Class and the latest installment, X-Men: Apocalypse.

Stewart played the character of Professor Charles Xavier which for him was a character very similar to Picard and himself, "a grand, deep-voiced, bald English guy". However, Charles Xavier isn't actually an English guy for he was born in New York City to a well-respected and wealthy nuclear scientist named Brian Xavier with wife Sharon Xavier. Patrick Stewart appeared as Charles Xavier in X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and had a brief cameo in the 2013 film, The Wolverine.

He then reprised the role alongside Ian McKellen as Magneto, together with their younger counterparts James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past directed by Bryan Singer, who also directed the first two X-Men films.

1. Hugh Jackman

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor, producer and musician. He already landed in various lead roles in movies such as the romantic-comedy Kate & Leopold, the action-horror film Van Helsing and the film version of Les Misérables where he earned his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2013 but he is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine.

Jackman portrayed the character of Wolverine, was born James Howlett in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada during the late 1880s, in all X-Men films except X-Men: First Class where he just had a brief cameo. In 1999, Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine by Bryan Singer, replacing Dougray Scott. He is actually 30 cm. taller than Wolverine who is said in the comic books to only stand in 5 feet 3 inches. Therefore, filmmakers were frequently forced to shoot Jackman in unusual angels to make him smaller than he actually looks.

Hugh Jacman will reprise the role in X-Men: Apocalypse and was said to have a third standalone Wolverine film in 2017 which will be his final performance as the fan-favorite comic book character.


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