Over the weekend, Patrick Stewart joined Hugh Jackman and Logan director James Mangold for an appearance at a SiriusXFM Town Hall, and it was there that he made it official: he's played Professor Charles Xavier for the last time.
Here's what he said (as quoted by Death And Taxes):
“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 away a tear) 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.’”
First of all, what a touching goddamn story that is. Secondly, how amazing is it that Stewart and Jackman have been playing these characters for almost 20 years? We must have readers who have never lived in a world where these two weren't playing these characters. Filling their shoes - as two actors are sure to do sooner or later - is not something I envy.
And third: stories like this only make me all the more excited for Logan. If Stewart thinks it's the right place to get off the Professor X ride, well, I assume it has to be something special. Can't wait.
Logan arrives in theaters this Friday. How pumped are you guys?