In the X-Men series, Kelsey Grammer remembers being replaced as Beast.

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When he learned that producers were moving the characters in a different way with a new actor, Kelsey Grammer was excited to continue playing Beast. Grammer made his screen debut as Beast in the follow-up X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. In the 2014 follow-up movie X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was set in two alternative timelines and stars Nicholas Hoult as a younger Beast, he returned for a cameo. The actor was thrilled about his “franchise role” when he first received the part, but as Grammer revealed in a recent interview, he became disillusioned when he learned that the brand would be continuing on without him at that time by concentrating on the younger X-Men in the sequels.

“I did the role… we were in Cannes, it was a big premiere, it was all being celebrated, people were taking a bow and all this nonsense,” Grammer said. “I thought to myself, at last, here we are! They then said, “We’ve discovered this amazing new path for the franchise.” This, I decided, is it. I’ve succeeded. I’m at last in a franchise film, and they mentioned that Beast would be younger as they rewinded time. Then I gradually realized that I was left out.” It’s likely that Grammer believed his time as Beast was over at that moment, but he recently returned to the character for an unexpected appearance in The Marvels. This comes on the heels of the revelation that Hugh Jackman would reprise his role as Wolverine in Deadpool 3 and the return of Patrick Stewart as Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Though it’s unclear at this point if Grammer’s Beast will make another cameo in the MCU, the actor is content that he got to meet Hank McCoy again on the big screen.

Regarding his comeback in The Marvels, Grammer remarked, “It’s a great feather in my cap that people are still interested in seeing who was arguably the greatest Beast ever.”

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