Logan marked Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine after playing the character for almost two decades. As can be expected, the film featured a number of moving and heartbreaking moments as fans said farewell to Jackman’s incarnation of the X-Men hero. Unsurprisingly, making and viewing the film was an emotional experience for the stars as well, particularly for Jackman and longtime co-star Patrick Stewart, who has played Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise since the first film was released in 2000. During a Q & A session that followed screenings of Logan Noir, Jackman revealed the scene that made him and Patrick Stewart cry when they first saw the film.
On the off chance that you have not seen Logan yet, be warned of major spoilers ahead.
Jackman explained that the moment X-23 turns the cross marking Logan’s grave into an X symbol brought him to tears and praised director James Mangold for conceiving the ending.
“The highlight for me, and I’m saying this because so many people ask me, ‘who came up with that ending, with the cross turning into the X?’ and that was [James] Mangold. So, he wrote it and when I read it, I thought ‘that’s beautiful.’ It seemed very poetic on the page, but when I saw it, I cried. I sat next to Patrick Stewart. We saw it for the first time, and both of us wept. […] There’s something so patient and courageous as a filmmaker to allow everything to culminate in that one moment.”
Personally, while the film featured more than one moving moment, it was not until the film closed on a shot of the makeshift X-Men logo that it truly dawned on me that Hugh Jackman’s seventeen year run as the beloved character had officially come to an end. Did the final shot of the film make you cry or had you already shed a few tears by that point? Share your thoughts below!
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Directed by James Mangold, the film stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook.
Logan is now available on Digital HD and will be released on Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on May 23.