Patrick Stewart says he's 'done' playing Charles Xavier

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Feb 26, 2017

Hugh Jackman has been pretty adamant that Logan was his last hurrah for the X-Men franchise, and it turns out the film is also Patrick Stewart's swan song, too.

While speaking at a recent SiriusXM Town Hall, Stewart made it pretty clear that Logan is his love letter to Professor X. He explained that, after watching the final cut, he realized it was the perfect emotional ending for the character — noting he's content to let the character rest after this one.

As Logan marks Patrick Stewart's seventh appearance as Charles Xavier, it’s no surprise he feels like he’s done pretty much all he can with the character. Here's an excerpt from his comments via Entertainment Weekly:

"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.'"

Logan opens March 3.