Here’s another one of those ‘what if’ casting situations. In a recent interview X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn revealed that his only two choices to play Hellfire Club leader Sebastian Shaw in the film were Kevin Bacon (who got the role) and recent Best Actor winner Colin Firth.
From Total Film:
“There were only two people I wanted for Shaw,” reveals the Kick-Ass auteur, talking exclusively to Total Film. “It was between Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon.
“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.
“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.”
Back in July last year when Bacon was cast nobody had really heard of The King’s Speech, as it was months away from its November limited release. On reflection Fox may be kicking themselves they didn’t snag an Oscar winner, as they nearly did with Jennifer Lawrence, but i’m sure once we see Bacon as Shaw in June Firth’s potential casting will just be a fun bit of trivia on IMDB.