It wasn't the mutants. It was humans that caused the Cuban Missile Crisis. Only luck saved us from nuclear war. But other than that, the new film, X-Men: First Class, gets a lot right about the historic crisis that is central to its plot.
You've probably heard of the Six Degrees concept. Any one person (including me) is connected to any other person through six or fewer relationships. SixDegrees.org is about using this idea to accomplish something good.
On the set, Hughes did not conceal his enthusiasm about your work, as some directors feel they must. I have worked on some comedy films where the director was the least funny person on the set. Hughes was funny.