It has been one of those classic, ‘will he, won’t he’ moments for the last few months. Now the veteran X-Men actor Patrick Stewart has confirmed he’s finished with the series.
Stewart has been playing Professor Charles Xavier for 17 years. In an interview with Kernels podcast, the actor opened up about the role and his reason to say goodbye now;
“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.’”
I don’t know about you but I find it hard to imagine anyone else in the role. Stewart has brought so much life and depth to the founder of the X-Men. From the very first moment when he appeared on screen in X-Men to his final moments battling the Dark Phoenix in The Last Stand; he has been amazing. To see Stewart walk away from it now is sad but if he feels it’s right then it must be.
Logan will be the last time we see Stewart’s Professor X, better relish it!
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