With all the focus on Logan being Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine, it’s easy to forget that this is probably the last time we’ll see Patrick Stewart in an X-Men movie as well. Although it’s unclear whether Stewart will return in some capacity, there is a definite feeling of finality to his role in Logan and it would not at all be surprising if it turned out to be his final appearance as Professor Charles Xavier.
Stewart has been with the X-Men franchise just as long as Jackman — a whopping 17 years — although he hasn’t appeared in as many installments as his co-star. Still, playing the same character for close to two decades is no small feat and Comicbook.com recently caught up with Stewart at a Logan press event in New York City to ask the actor what his favorite memory was from the entire experience of playing Professor X. Here’s what he had to say:
“You know, I have to blend a lot of experiences into one,” Stewart said. “It was the ease and the comfort and the warmth of sharing the set with Hugh [Jackman]. When we actually had a history, a 17-year history as characters in a franchise and actors on a set, it meant that so much of what we communicate between us – not the rage, not the fury, not the anger – but, other aspect of it, which already existed and were authentic, I think for both us.”
Jackman and Stewart seem to share a number of intimate scenes in Logan, so it’s understandable that getting to work again with his longtime co-star would be a highlight for Stewart. Still, we’re somewhat surprised that Stewart didn’t highlight his time working with Ian McKellen, as the two are very close friends in real life. Then again, perhaps Stewart recognized that his bromance with Magneto is self-evident and wanted to highlight a different memory.