Patrick Stewart has long been considered an icon among genre fans, first as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, then as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men Cinematic Universe. Now it’s the latter role in this year’s Logan that may be pushing the legendary actor to new heights as a potential Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor. Stewart spoke with Variety about both roles, including what it would take to get him back into the Captain’s chair.
When asked how working on Logan was different from the previous X-Men films he shot, Stewart not only mentioned the movie was filmed in dramatic sequence—a rarity in filmaking where the movie is shot in order—he also highlighted the relationship between Xavier and Logan, and how it’s evolved over the years:
“The roles here were very much reversed. In the early days when Logan was so messed up and carrying so much baggage around, Charles was very much his protector and advisor and caregiver. In this one, Logan is the one looking after Charles.”
As we all know, when characters die in comic books or comic book films, they don’t always tend to stay dead, but when Variety asked Stewart if Logan would be his last X-Men film, he didn’t beat around the bush:
“Oh, yes. […] Charles dies in Logan’s arms with Logan profoundly saddened. No better opportunity to say au revoir could ever extend itself.”
Asked about his other iconic role as Capt. Picard in Star Trek and if he would ever reprise it, Stewart wasn’t confident but also wouldn’t rule it out:
“Oh, lord. I cannot think of another instance in which that might happen. My feeling is I hung up the space suit and left all that behind a long time ago. Maybe if someone came up with a brilliant idea, I’d do it. One thing that might interest me would be to bring all the existing casts of ”Star Trek’ from the last 50 years together for one big story.”
Check out Variety’s full interview at the link below, where Stewart also discusses his physical preparation for Logan, Broadway, and the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal.
5 Essential Cable Stories To Read Before His Debut In ‘Deadpool 2’
Now that it’s official Josh Brolin will be suiting up as Cable in Deadpool 2, it’s time for everyone to get a crash course on the character so they can say “that’s not how it happened in the comic” when they see the movie with their friends.
Nathan Summers, the future son of Cyclops and Jean Grey, first debuted in 1986, but he didn’t make his full debut as Cable until 1990. Rob Liefeld designed him to be a leader more prone to take action than Xavier and that character trait has persisted throughout his long history. Cable has fought alongside the X-Men in the past as well as fought for mutants survival against the government in a dark future.
Cable is the straight-man to Deadpool’s goofball and I can’t wait to see the two of them come together next year in Deadpool 2. Hopefully Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin have the chemistry to bring this legendary bro-mance to the bigscreen, otherwise Fox will be hearing from a lot of angry fans.
Hit Next to find out more about Cable before his debut in Deadpool 2!