Patrick Stewart wasn’t interested in playing Charles Xavier until he saw the comic book version of himself and realized he had to do it.
Now after seven films Stewart has decided the upcoming Logan will be his final portrayal of Professor X.
In a story on EW.com Stewart announced his departure from the role at a SiriusXM Town Hall with Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold.
“A week ago, Friday night in Berlin, the three of us sat, watching the movie,” said Stewart. “And I was so moved by it, much more moved than I had been the first time of seeing it. 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.’”
Jackman has made no secret that this will also be his last time as Wolverine, barring an introduction into the MCU that is.
While Stewart leaving is a blow to fans and the franchise, Charles will continue with James McAvoy playing the younger Professor. He recently hinted on Twitter that he would be returning to the X-Men in the Summer.
Logan will hit theatres March 3.