‘Logan’ Is Also the Last Ride for Patrick Stewart’s Professor X
Hugh Jackman isn’t the only one saying goodbye to the X-Men. Sir Patrick Stewart has decided that Logan will be his last appearance as Professor Charles Xavier as well, after appearing as the character in six other X-Men movies.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Stewart revealed he was retiring from the franchise at a Sirius XM Town Hall alongside Jackman and director James Mangold.
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 of 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 [mimes wiping a tear from his eye] like this, 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. So, 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.’
From what I’ve seen of reviews, Logan is a fitting send-off for a great actor playing a beloved character, and now it’ll be all the more heartwrenching to see two actors saying goodbye to two characters. They’ve certainly picked a great movie to do it in.
Logan opens in theaters March 3.