The veteran actor returns as Professor Charles Xavier in the new movie, while Hugh Jackman steps back into the shoes of the title mutant known as Wolverine. Not only does the film, which sees both men in hiding until a young girl seeks their help, mark Jackman’s last outing as the clawed superhero but it may be Stewart’s last appearance in the franchise too having portrayed the comic book character since the original movie in 2000.
“Last week we were at a screening in Berlin sitting next to each other and when it got to the very emotional ending and I noticed Hugh wipe away a tear, then I did the same and during the credits he held my hand and I was done, I was weeping and sobbing,” the 76-year-old said on The Graham Norton Show, airing on Friday night (24Feb17).
“While the credits were rolling I realised that if it was the end, there was no more perfect and beautiful way to say, ‘au revoir, goodbye, adios.’ So I think it is the end for me too. Why would I want to have another go of it after what we have done in this movie?”
Australian star Hugh, 48, insisted he’ll be “fine” when asked if he’s going to miss playing Wolverine, though joked if it was re-cast to someone like Daniel Day-Lewis and he wins an Oscar for it then he’ll be “a little upset”.
Both actors had a lot of fun on set, despite their gruelling routines to prepare for the tale. While Les Misérables star Hugh had to bulk up once again, the Star Trek actor dropped 20lbs to play his ailing alter ego.
“I did it over four months and just cut down on portion size. I wanted to look emaciated and if you have to share the screen with Hugh you have to grab all the attention you can!” he quipped.
Logan hits cinemas from next month (Mar17). Who do you think should play Professor X next?