We all knew that the upcoming Logan would be the final outing for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. But who knew that it also would be the last time we’ll likely see Patrick Stewart as Professor X?
Stewart, who first entered our hearts as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, told a SiriusXM town hall special with director James Mangold and Jackman through Entertainment Weekly that he is hanging up the powered wheelchair. And it’s all because of how Logan turned out.
“A week ago, Friday night in Berlin, the three of us sat, watching the movie. And I was so moved by it, much more moved than I had been the first time seeing it. Maybe it was the company of these two guys, but the movie ended and – this is an admission – but at one point, (Hugh) reached out, and he took my hand in those last few minutes, and I saw him go like this (miming wiping a tear from his eye), and then I realized I had just done the same thing.
“Then the movie ended, and we were going to be taken up on stage, but not until the credits were over. Se, we had some time to sit there, and as I sat there, I realized there will never be a better, a more perfect, a more sensitive, emotional and beautiful way of saying au revoir to Charles Xavier than this movie.
“So, I told (Hugh) that same evening. ‘I’m done, too. It’s all over.'”
When Stewart first took on Professor X in the 2000 film X-Men that kicked off the entire film franchise for Twentieth Century Fox, he had been looking for something high profile other than Star Trek to be a part of. He had seen trailers in the late 1990s promoting Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and made it clear he wanted to be a part of something like that.
Then X-Men came along, and the bald actor seemed a perfect fit for the bald Professor X. And it didn’t hurt director Bryan Singer was a rather big Star Trek fan, either.
The first X-Men would earn $296.3 million globally, finishing just inside the top 10. But it was more than enough for Fox to order more. Stewart would reprise his role in a number of films, including X-Men 2 in 2003, X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006, and even one of the prequel films like X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Stewart also had uncredited appearances in two other solo Wolverine movies – 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013’s The Wolverine.
So what will Stewart do now? He just finished work on a comedy that would reunite him with his The Lion in Winter co-star Glenn Close, Wilde Wedding. And he’s set to become the voice of poop in Sony’s The Emoji Movie.
And for now, he can get ready for the premiere of Logan, which hits theaters March 3.
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