Logan was one of 2017’s best movies, due in no small part to this little dynamo (Dafne Keen);
her Laura was the catalyst to finally entice me into an X-Men movie at the theater. Of course, there was more to it than that — Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart — the pair’s emotional performances demand the world drop awards at their feet to go along with the tears we all cried. Speaking of, people are still talking about the movie and inevitably, asking Logan‘s stars if they’re really done with their respective characters, Wolverine and Charles Xavier. And, in one such recent interview, even Sir Patrick Stewart couldn’t help revealing his own emotions over letting go the character he’s been playing across seven films and nearly two decades. His confirmation included this sweet tidbit about the first time he watched Logan with an audience, sitting next to Jackman and the movie’s director, James Mangold ***Major Spoilers for Logan*** follow — back on out if you somehow (foolish!) haven’t yet seen the movie. ***Major Spoilers***
Hugh had been on record that this would be his last time before “Logan” even started shooting. I hadn’t given it a thought until I saw the film for the first time with an audience at the Berlin Film Festival. It was Hugh and James Mangold and myself, and when it got to the last 10 minutes of the movie, it was emotional and intense, and I could feel myself getting choked up. Then I looked over at Hugh and he was wiping his eyes, and I thought if Wolverine can weep at a movie, Charles Xavier can do the same thing. Then Hugh reached over and grabbed my hand and we held hands for the rest of the movie.
When I was still wiping my eyes and smiling through the credits, which were very long by the way, it became very clear to me that there would never be a better way of saying goodbye to the franchise than the one I just witnessed. Charles dies in Logan’s arms with Logan profoundly saddened. No better opportunity to say au revoir could ever extend itself.”
I don’t know about you, but I want to go to sleep tonight with that vision of Stewart and Jackman holding hands. Do read the rest of the short interview for more on how Sir Patrick prepared to play Xavier for the last time — “I wanted to look sick and undernourished and stressed and frail and vulnerable. Hugh had to carry me in the movie, and I assured him that I would do my damnedest to make sure I was carry-able.” — and whether he can imagine playing Star Trek: TNG‘s Jean-Luc Picard ever again. …