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Kingsman's Taron Egerton Reveals Why He Turned down X-men Role

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Kingsman and Rocketman star Taron Egerton has revealed why he turned down playing Cyclops in Fox's X-Men prequel films, and the reason is not what you might expect.

In a radio interview with Sway's Universe, Egerton was asked about why he decided against the superhero role.

"I don't mind saying, that was a real thing. That was a real conversation," he began. "And, to be honest, I’ve never said this actually, the reason that conversation never went any further is because I didn't want to play a character for a potential series of movies where you don’t see my eyes.

"For me, that – I felt instinctively and creatively that the eyes are the windows to the soul. I don't know how, I would find that challenging, and I just didn't find it an intriguing prospect.

“So it's not that they ever offered it to me, but there was a conversation. A real conversation that never went any further."

Tye Sheridan ended up playing Cyclops in X-Men Apocalypse and X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Photo credit: 20th Century Studios
Photo credit: 20th Century Studios

Meanwhile, Egerton will be reprising the role of Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin in the third Kingsman film (though technically the fourth instalment in the franchise including the prequel).

The actor recently gave fans an update about the sequel movie, suggesting that filming begins next year.

“My understanding is that we are to be shooting the third instalment in my saga I believe next year," he said on the Jess Cagle Podcast with Julia Cunningham. "But you know, don't listen to what I say because I don't really know. You know, they're grown-up decisions."

Eggsy's mentor Harry Hart, played by Colin Firth, looks set to return as well.

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