Patrick Stewart Says He’s Retiring From ‘X-Men’ Films After ‘Logan’

The upcoming Logan has been getting nothing but good buzz in the lead-up to its release, but this week, it scored a bittersweet endorsement from star Patrick Stewart, who said that it’s so good, it’s going to be his last film in the X-Men series. 
While Hugh Jackman was well and truly ready to retire from the role of Wolverine, Stewart had left the door open to playing professor Charles Xavier again, but that changed when the two attended a screening of the film together. 
Director James Mangold was there with them, and Stewart said of the experience:
“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 realised 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 realised 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.’”
Patrick Stewart first played the role of Charles Xavier in Bryan Singer‘s 2000 original X-Men, and has since lent his warm and wise presence to seven films in the series. 
Logan is out Thursday March 2 in Australia so you’ll soon know if it lives up to the immense hype. 
Source: SlashFilm.
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