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The One Chicago Stars You Probably Missed In X-Men: First Class



Released in 2011, “X-Men: First Class” introduces mutants Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender). They join with other mutants to confront a 1960’s world on the verge of nuclear annihilation. At first, the two are close friends but become bitter enemies as Professor X and Magneto, forming a critical foundational element of Marvel’s “X-Men” franchise.

Not surprisingly, the U.S. military and CIA both figure into the cold-war narrative of the movie. In this regard, filmgoers may have noticed that a certain, briefly seen Army XO, or executive officer, is none other than “Chicago P.D.” star Jason Beghe, the gravel-voiced, rule-bending head of the series’ 21st District Intel Unit. As for the CIA, the part of the Agency’s Man in Black is played by Oliver Platt, familiar to “Chicago Med” fans as the show’s avuncular Head of Psychiatry, Dr. Daniel Charles. 

Platt commented on his role in “X-Men: First Class” and his thought on one of the movie’s themes in a Fandom Entertainment clip. In the interview, Platt explains that just as the mutants are about to be unjustly locked up by the Agency, he whisks them away to safety, adding, “I think that is one of the things that makes the underlying message very positive, you know, about intolerance and fear of people who are different from you … it’s very positive to tell stories with those themes.”

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