Patrick Stewart is retiring from the X-Men franchise. The actor has revealed that James Mangold's upcoming spinoff Logan will be the last time he'll play Professor Charles Xavier on the big screen. Stewart made the announcement at a SiriusXM Town Hall alongside Mangold and co-star Hugh Jackman.
“A week ago, Friday night in Berlin, the three of us sat, watching the movie,” said Stewart. “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.'”
Stewart first portrayed the iconic mutant leader in X-Men back in 2000, and would go on to take up the role in five subsequent sequels between 2003 and 2014.
Logan hits theatres on March 3rd.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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