Patrick Stewart is retiring from the X-Men franchise. He says that his role in the new mutand superhero movie – Logan – is the last time he portrays professor Charles Xavier. The actor made the announcement at a SiriusXM Twon Hall where he appeared alongside his costar Hugh Jackman and Logan director and co-writer James Manhold. Hugh Jackman also reconfirmed that Logan is his last appearance as mutant Wolverine.
“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. 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.’”