While comic book fans might know Charles Xavier from the X-Men comics, I was introduced to him in the X-Men movies. For those of you who haven’t heard of him, he is a paraplegic with superior intelligence and mutant telepathic ability and an expert in mutant genetics. He also founded the Xavier Institute, where mutant children are trained to use their abilities. In the films, he’s played by Sir Patrick Stewart, and, later, James McAvoy (in the prequel).
Today, in honor of the letter X, I learned a few other interesting facts about him. (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professor_X)
- Professor Xavier’s character was inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. especially for his work during the civil rights struggle.
- Apparently, his physical appearance was modeled after Academy Award–winning actor Yul Brynner. (according to creator Stan Lee, anyway)
- Unlike in the movies where he’s portrayed by British citizens, Charles Xavier is an American, born in New York City. Although he studied at for two years Oxford, that’s not enough to give him a British accent.
How about you? Are you a Charles Xavier fan? Did you see the movies? Read the comics? If so, which X-Men character is your favorite, and why?