Fox’s upcoming Logan movie marks the end of an era. Since 2000, Hugh Jackman has given us our cinematic version of Wolverine, the clawed mutant who has been the central player in all of the X-Men movies. The 48-year-old is ready to hang up his claws as Logan will be his final outing as the particular character. While Jackman has left the door open for a possible Wolverine return (if Fox and Marvel Studios ever play nice, he would love to be in an Avengers movie), this is probably his last outing. This also marks the end for Sir Patrick Stewart as well for playing the role of Professor Charles Xavier. There has been no “official” confirmation that Stewart is done with the role, until now.
Recently Stewart participated in SiriusXM’s Town Hall, Stewart stated that he is done as Professor X. Of course, this decision didn’t come lightly and Stewart offered a very good reason for him to pass the baton permanently to James McAvoy:
“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.’”
Logan already is receiving rave reviews from critics based on initial screenings. If the film has such a good ending that the actors themselves feel it’s the perfect way to send off their characters, this makes it even more intriguing and fans are very excited for the movie, which premieres March 3rd.