Patrick Stewart brought the hammer down again today and reconfirmed he will not be returning to the X-Men universe as Professor Charles Xavier. In speaking with Variety, the actor was asked once again if Logan was to be his last appearance:
“Oh, yes. Hugh had been on record that this would be his last time before “Logan” even started shooting. I hadn’t given it a thought until I saw the film for the first time with an audience at the Berlin Film Festival. It was Hugh and James Mangold and myself, and when it got to the last 10 minutes of the movie, it was emotional and intense, and I could feel myself getting choked up. Then I looked over at Hugh and he was wiping his eyes, and I thought if Wolverine can weep at a movie, Charles Xavier can do the same thing. Then Hugh reached over and grabbed my hand and we held hands for the rest of the movie.”
“When I was still wiping my eyes and smiling through the credits, which were very long by the way, it became very clear to me that there would never be a better way of saying goodbye to the franchise than the one I just witnessed. Charles dies in Logan’s arms with Logan profoundly saddened. No better opportunity to say au revoir could ever extend itself.”
Some really great words there from Stewart, and I absolutely agree with him. A proper and very emotional send off for both characters. Both of their ends were treated with care and I’ve always thought that along with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Stewart as Charles Xavier was one of the better casting decisions for the franchise.
While Stewart won’t return as Charles Xavier, the character will live on, and is currently being portrayed by actor James McAvoy, next to be seen in 2018’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
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