Sir Patrick Stewart Officially Retiring From Playing ‘Professor Xavier’

Feb 25, 2017

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Early on when promoting Logan co-star Sir Patrick Stewart revealed to the press that he is very much still interested in reprising the role of Professor Charles Xavier in future X-Men films. Given that he and Hugh Jackman both started playing their iconic characters back in 2000. However, when Patrick Stewart sat down to actually watch the completed film with Hugh Jackman; the star had an epiphany during the closing credits that this was indeed the time to retire the character for him as well (via Entertainment Weekly):

“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.’”

Even though Patrick Stewart might be retiring the older version of this character. James McAvoy is actually prepping to play the younger version of Professor X in X-Men: Supernova and beyond.

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