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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 September 1965New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameBryan Jay Singer
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bryan Singer was born on September 17, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Bryan Jay Singer. He is a producer and director, known for House M.D. (2004), The Usual Suspects (1995) and X-Men 2 (2003).

Trade Mark (3)

Frequently uses music by John Ottman
Often works with cinematographer Tom Siegel
Recurring theme of alienation in his films

Trivia (21)

Singer attended the 2000 Comic Con in San Diego in a surprise appearance promoting his new movie, X-Men (2000). [July 2000]
Graduated from USC cinema school.
His production company, Bad Hat Harry Productions, is named after a line in Jaws (1975), one of his favorite movies.
Graduated from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School in New Jersey.
Met composer/editor/director John Ottman at USC School of Cinema-Television.
Attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City for a brief period of time but did not graduate from there. Visited the school in October 2000 to talk to the film students about his experiences in the film industry.
Cousin of actors Marc Singer, Gregory Singer, Lori Singer, Claude Singer.
His favorite movie is Jaws (1975). His production company is named "Bad Hat Harry", after a line said by Chief Brody in the film.
Received a copy of the mockumentary Forgotten Silver (1995) as a gift from director Peter Jackson, to thank him for finishing Ian McKellen's scenes in X-Men (2000) in time for him to fly to New Zealand and begin work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
Is a huge fan of Star Trek (1966) and had a cameo appearance in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) as a crewman on the bridge of the USS Enterprise.
Ranked #46 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. It is his first appearance on the list.
DC Comics offered Singer access to the 20-plus years of development information that Superman has had since 1986, but Singer vehemently refused to use this information, instead insisting that he use only the continuity of the Richard Donner films.
Best friends with director Gary Goddard and childhood friends with actor Ethan Hawke.
Turned down the chance to direct X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), as he was too busy with other projects.
The third director to do three live-action adaptations of a comic book series. The first being Sam Raimi with his Spider Man trilogy and the second being Christopher Nolan with his Batman trilogy.
Directed one Oscar winning performance: Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects (1995).
With X2 scribes Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, set to write 12 issues of "Ultimate X-Men" for Marvel Comics. [April 2004]
Currently in Australia filming Superman Returns (2006) for Warner Brothers. [October 2005]
Was set to direct Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) but turned it down due schedule conflicts with X-Men 2 (2003).
Considered to direct Prisoners (2013).
Turned down the chance to direct ''X-Men'' three times because he believed that comic books were unintelligent. He changed his mind after reading some of the comics and watching the animated series.

Personal Quotes (7)

[About Superman's costume for Superman Returns (2006)]: "I always had the general idea of the suit. With X-Men, although they had extraordinary powers, they also had physical weaknesses. The suits were for protection as well as costume. Superman is the Man of Steel. Bullets bounce off him, not the suit."
[Talking about casting Brandon Routh as Superman/Clark Kent in the new Superman film]: "I was always dead set on casting an unknown. Brandon embodied the character the best -- his acting talent, physical presence and personality."
Superman has always been about Lois Lane, Superman and Clark Kent and this love triangle between these three people who really are only two people.
I identify with Superman. I am adopted, I am an only child, and I love the idea that he comes from another world, that he's the ultimate immigrant. He has all these extraordinary powers, and he has a righteousness about him.
There's no point in making films unless you intend to show us something special, otherwise just go out and watch a play. Kubrick showed us something special. Every film was a challenge, and a direct assault on cinema's conventions.
On Tom Cruise: If you look at Tom's work, there's a lot of very strange characters. People very often leap right to the Mission: Impossible and the Top Gun roles when they think of him. But he started as a character actor in Taps (1981) - nobody really thought of him as a leading man until Risky Business (1983). And then after Top Gun he was a superstar. But look, there's Rain Man (1988), where he plays a real prick. And he played the hitman in Collateral (2004). He really is interested in playing challenging roles; he's a terrific actor. I really think he's an actor who happens to be a movie star.
One thing that interests me is the notion of ancient mutants. What would people, thousands of years ago, without the benefit of science, think mutants were? And more importantly, what would mutants, thousands of years ago, think they were? Gods? Titans? Angels? Demons? And if such mutants did exist thousands of years ago, what became of them? Did one survive?

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