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Patrick Stewart announces his retirement from the X-Men franchise

02.24.2017

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Although I'm not among those lucky folks who have already seen LOGAN, everything I've heard points to it being a very fitting finale for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, and, it seems that it may be a finale for Patrick Stewart's Professor X as well. Last summer Stewart teased that LOGAN may be his last outing in the X-MEN franchise, but as recently as last Wednesday said that he wasn't about to raise his flag just yet. It seems that Patrick Stewart has had a change of heart after sitting down with Hugh Jackman and James Mangold to view the film in Berlin and being moved to tears.

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.'

Just like Hugh Jackman, Stewart has been a part of the franchise since the very beginning, appearing in X-MEN, X2, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, THE WOLVERINE and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. If you're fortunate enough to go out on top, it's usually best to take it. LOGAN will finally arrive in theaters on March 3, 2017.

Source: EW

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