While he hasn't done much lately, he was one of my favourite actors when I was a kid. I think he was the best Hercule Poirot on film -- I just watched Death on the Nile again last week and he was great. And as the Beeb says: he was a well-known raconteur. And I love any and all raconteurs.
If I could fix me up a week of twilight hours we'd sit on the point and watch the sun continually flounder. Bathed in gold we'd plug into some kind of power and connect with those days back before all of this went sour.
The secondary mutation idea was made so that they could give Emma Frost the diamond exterior ability. Morrison wanted to use Collosus (and had storylines for his "invulnerability"), but he was dead and Marvel did not want to resurrect him.