Originally Posted by Nell2ThaIzzay
Not all wrong. Alan Cummings didn't want to come back and endure the Nightcrawler makeup process. He would have, but he didn't want to.
And you are also right, they cut him because they didn't have a big enough role to justify the costs.
Both are right.
If Alan Cumming was offered to comeback in X3 and he turned down the role, they could have replaced him.
His unwillingness to return didn't really play a role why Nightcrawler didn't appear in X3.