Patrick Stewart Retires From “X-Men” Role

Sir Patrick Stewart has announced he’s finished his run in the role of Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” franchise following his appearance in “Logan”.

While Hugh Jackman has long been adamant that “Logan” is set to be his final turn in the role of Wolverine, Stewart has been more reticent on the film’s recent press tour – suggesting he’s still open to the idea of returning. That now seems to have changed.

Stewart made the announcement at a SiriusXM Town Hall where he appeared alongside Jackman and director James Mangold. Stewart explained to EW the reasons for hanging up his turn in the role so suddenly:

“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.'”

Stewart has appeared in (nearly) every “X-Men” film. “Logan” opens in cinemas on March 3rd.