“What could I possibly do that could top this?”: Sir Patrick Stewart Went Into Disbelief After Watching His Own Performance With Hugh Jackman in $619M Movie

"What could I possibly do that could top this?": Sir Patrick Stewart Went Into Disbelief After Watching His Own Performance With Hugh Jackman in $619M Movie

When we talk about some of the most notable actors around the world, Sir Patrick Stewart’s name would definitely come up, as there is no denying that some of the most iconic movies would not be the same without him. With a career that spans over six decades, he has time and again proven that he is not limited to one genre of films. Naturally, he received several nominations and accolades for his acting chops.

Sir Patrick Stewart
Sir Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart started his career in theatres but soon his talent was recognised when he worked in popular plays such as HamletAnthony and Cleopatra. Opening his path to Hollywood stardom working in popular franchises such as Star Trek and X-Men. His role as Professor X in the X-Men franchise is a fan favorite and his character in James Mangold’s Logan was unique, and it showed something that was never a part of superhero films.

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Sir Patrick Stewart’s Character Received A Meaningful Conclusion

James Mansgold’s Logan is the ninth film in the X-Men series, It tells the story of the twilight hours of James Logan/ Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman, who is not healing from his injuries anymore. However, the 2017 superhero film was different because it did not feature any supervillains but discussed how superheroes are freelance soldiers committing their lives to destruction and bloodshed for the greater good. And how they suffer terribly after committing themselves to this line of work. But what made the film different and meaningful was that it decided to give a final and meaningful conclusion to the aging characters.

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A still from Logan
A still from Logan

During an exclusive interview with The Independent, Sir Patrick Stewart shared how he was deeply saddened when they were watching the film at the premiere. He shared that the outcome of the film made him realize how far they have come and none of his performances could match the intensity he showed in Logan.

“Hugh was sitting next to me, with James on the other side of him. And the audience were clearly very caught up in it and that was satisfying. It got into the last five or six minutes of the movie and Hugh’s hand came over and he took mine and he squeezed my hand. He looked at me and he had big tears and, of course, that set me off. Here we are, the two X-Men wiping away the tears at our own movie! And then I thought while we were watching, ‘ My God, this is a goodbye ending. What could I possibly do that could top this?’”

Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart in Logan
Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart in Logan

Logan did not mark the end of the X-Men film series, as the franchise featured multiple movies like Deadpool 2 (2018), X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and The New Mutants (2020). Hence, it was just a farewell movie for Hugh Jackman’s Weapon X. Additionally, Sir Patrick Stewart also shared how the script of the film made him say yes in an instant.

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Sir Patrick Stewart Loved Logan’s Script

In the same interview, Stewart shared that he was “immediately very interested” in the movie when he read the script, as the setting of the film was different from what he has been doing in past films. Moreover, for the first time, he was not going to be a teacher or a role model but a different kind of Professor X.

Sir Patrick Stewart as Professor X in Logan
Sir Patrick Stewart as Professor X in Logan

“I was a little surprised that there was another one. Then news of the content began to filter through — first of all, it might be a very limited number of us — then the script arrived. I had been told this is going to be quite a different Charles Xavier.”

“[I]t wasn’t Charles that had the impact on me when I read these scripts, it was the description of the location of the first scene that I was in. When I read the description of where we were, I was immediately very interested; This is not Xavier’s magnificent comfortable beautiful home in Westchester County, Connecticut. And away we went. I was delighted.”

The fans were heartbroken and emotional as they had to bid goodbye to both Stewart’s Professor X  and Jackman’s Wolverine in this film. But as we know, Hugh Jackman is returning to play his iconic role one more time as he will be in Deadpool 3, and pictures of him rocking the iconic yellow suit have already surfaced, making fans jump with excitement.

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Logan can be streamed on Disney+.

Source: The Independent

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