Sorry, "X-Men" fans, but Patrick Stewart has said "au revoir" to our beloved Charles Xavier. Never mind the shifting timelines that could send Professor X back or forward to various decades. He's done.
Why now? Because of "Logan."
Sir Patrick, 76, just announced his X retirement at a Sirius XM Town Hall event with "Logan" director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman. Jackman already made it clear that "Logan" would be his final appearance as Wolverine, and now Stewart is following that lead.
Stewart explained that, a week ago in Berlin, the three of them saw "Logan" together, and both Stewart and Jackman wiped tears from their eyes.
"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.'"
Sad, but beautiful.
Stewart debuted his Professor X in "X-Men" in 2000, then returned in "X2," "X-Men: The Last Stand," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "The Wolverine," "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (with James McAvoy as young Charles Xavier), and now "Logan."
"Logan" is set in the near future, with Professor X described as "ailing," so it's not too much of a surprise to think that the film might bring the character closure. But there are several movies in the "X-Men" universe in the works, from "New Mutants" and Sophie Turner's upcoming movie to "Deadpool 2." So it wouldn't have been a shock to see Patrick Stewart return as Professor X in a storyline set in the past or present. But it sounds like he's officially ruling that out.
There's an art to knowing when to say goodbye. If this is it, well, make it so, captain.
On a much lighter note, here's Sir Patrick sharing a hilarious circumcision story on "The Graham Norton Show":
"Logan" will be released in theaters next Friday, March 3.
[via: Entertainment Weekly]
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