Patrick Stewart Announces Retirement From X-Men Series -- "I'm Done"

"'I'm done too. It's all over.'"

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Earlier this month, actor Patrick Stewart teased that he might not join Hugh Jackman in retiring from the X-Men series after Logan, saying he might play Professor X again. Now, he confirmed that won't be the case. He is retiring from the X-Men series, the actor has officially confirmed.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Stewart confirmed the news during an appearance on SiriusXM alongside Logan director James Mangold and co-star Jackman. Jackman also said again that he will end his run as Wolverine Logan.

"A week ago, Friday night in Berlin, the three of us sat, watching the movie," Stewart said. "And I was so moved by it, much more moved than I had been the first time of seeing it. Maybe it was the company of these two guys, but the movie ended and--this is an admission--but at one point [Hugh] reached out, and he took my hand in those last few minutes, and I saw him go [mimes wiping a tear from his eye] like this, and then I realized I had just done the same thing.

"Then, the movie ended… and we were going to be taken up on stage, but not until the credits were over. So, we had some time to sit there and, as I sat there I realized there will never be a better, a more perfect, a more sensitive, emotional, and beautiful way of saying au revoir to Charles Xavier than this movie. So, I told [Hugh] that same evening, 'I'm done too. It's all over.'"

Logan opens on March 3.

GameSpot's Logan review praised it for being brutal and grim, featuring outstanding performances by Jackman and Stewart.

"Logan continually subverts your expectations, but in its impactful ending, it still somehow feels like the only way the movie--and Wolverine's long journey--could end," GameSpot critic Randolph Ramsay said. "This is a film that elevates its genre, succeeding precisely because it's different, and because it strives to be the Wolverine movie fans have always wanted to see. Logan is a must-watch, and is not only a wonderful superhero movie, but a wonderful movie in its own right."

For more on the critical reaction to Logan, check out this roundup of reviews.

In other news, it was recently revealed that studio bosses were concerned that the film's more adult approach might turn fans off. "There was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film," Fox executive Stacey Snider said. "It's more of an elegy about life and death. It's not a wise-cracking, cigar-chomping mutton-sporting Wolverine, and the debate internally became, 'Isn't that freakin' boring?'"

Logan also stars Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, and Richard E. Grant. It hits theaters on March 3, 2017.

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edhc44

Wolverine is so dead at the end.

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TitanG1

He's gotta be thinking "good riddance" for the most part. If I were an actor, I'm not even sure the paychecks would be worth playing the same character over and over and over every few years. I understand they don't devote ALL their time and career to these roles, but I'd be too interested in playing other characters in other stories to commit THAT much to one thing. I've dabbled in acting myself, granted it's been mostly theater work and an indie flick, but even still, I'm happy for him and Jackman. I'm sure they had fun, but it's time to move on.

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Cashmoney007

Reading some of these comments just makes my head spin. lol

People that think Bale did not make a great Batman or Bruce Wayne are wrong. I know we can make fun of that Batman voice forever, but those movies are amazing. The franchise was almost killed by Batman and Robin. Michael Keaton did a very good job in the role, but Bale will always still be my favorite Batman and Bruce Wayne.

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Kezzy123

"There was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film,"

It just never ceases to amaze me how the majority of people are ultra shortsighted especially in an industry where you should pride yourself for not being so.

ESPECIALLY after deadpool, its just shocking to me to see how they just are so blind....

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nikon133

This just shows how disconnected movies bosses are from source material. And audience.

Reminds me a bit of story about Jim Shooter. Back in the days, he was editor-in-chief for Marvel Comics, before he was fired.

While initially he did some good is organizing and tightening up the ranks, and some good comics/story arcs were published under his rule... he was more interested in quantity and deadlines than in quality, ending up with many prime talents leaving Marvel and moving to DC and other publishers.

In short, his approach to comics was quick and dirty - a lot of fighting to cover up for lack of story, character developments and other qualitative elements. He felt that average comics reader wants action first and most... thus pretty much worthless comics, such as Marvel Secret Wars, were coming to light under his rule.

Many movies bosses (Beside Marvel CU and a few more bright examples) seem to be following his philosophy. They doubt that average movie goer wants depth from super-heroes, so the answer is crapload of special effects and action sequences, and not much more.

Well... Shooter has managed to alienate some of the best authors from that time and ended up fired, and Marvel has learned lesson and returned to more mature story telling, in time. So here's to hope that movies like Logan will show bosses that audience can handle superhero movie with some real content. Something a bit more meaningful than what any Michael Bay's wannabe would cook up. Or deep fry.

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Richardthe3rd

Really looking forward to this. Wolverines character was never very interesting to me, but Jackman NAILED him perfectly, and in my opinion, added a lot to his mythos in his performance.

I feel like a lot of actors exploit these characters sometimes for their own fame. Jackman's case is the opposite.

Can't wait to see this, I really enjoyed the last Wolverine movie, but this one looks even better.

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hyksiu

Cant wait for the movie!

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Scarf0

It's sad that Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart had to play the X-Men with Fox's sh!tty writers! Both of them are literally perfect for their roles, but all the X-Men movies sucked! It's an shame Disney couldn't get the rights of the X-Men because They should be there beside the Avengers during the upcoming Infinity Wars saga. What an waste.

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brunorr

@Scarf0: I'd say the first two were good but everything else belongs in the trash can.

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Scarf0

@brunorr: The 1st one was trash. The second one was "Meh". The rest flatout SUCKED!

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Slinqy

@brunorr: X2 was the best.

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Leechuds

These movies are a clusterfuck of plot holes... they are so unbelievably confusing at this point, there isn't a writer on earth that could fix the damage done.

Professor X is dead. No he's alive. No it's his twin we didn't know about. No... because plot.

Like what the **** at this point...

You have to have a mental deficiency to enjoy these movies.

How about that super villain though?!? The one that successfully dies without doing anything of significance, OR killing any main characters!!!

what a joke.

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edhc44

@leechuds: If you think the movies are confusing, you surely never browsed one of their comic books...

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skyx26

The one and only Professor X!

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rikku45

Maybe once all the big stars leave, marvel can buy the rights back.

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atomicjuicer

Jackman had one good role ever. The prestige. Everything else way overrated.

Eddie rocks btw

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Philip_Hanan

@atomicjuicer: Meh. The Prestige was overrated, too.

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lonewolf1044

Stopped watching X-Men after the third movie, just lost interest in them. However Jack Hugh and Patrick Stewart roles was spot on.

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Ultralof

@lonewolf1044:

Days of future past is pretty sweet imho. Saying this as a non fanatic

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Slinqy

@lonewolf1044: Yes... Jack Hughman.

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DudeBroPartyYo

Smart man, leave before franchise gets even worse.

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Slinqy

@dudebropartyyo: Well, really, they're not getting any younger, and secondly it's a near dead series. To end it on a high note would be the ideal outcome. Hopefully 'Logan' is as good as they say.

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Bilal100

@kevinvanwhored: woah calm down buddy, it's his job to write articles that get views, he got you to come here didn't he? Trolls on the internet like to say whatever the **** they feel like but have you ever considered that the person you're insulting might read your comment and feel like shit because of it? Imagine someone came over to your workplace and started insulting you for doing your job, how would that make you feel?

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@Bilal100: Except Eddard doesn't write articles, he copy/pastes them

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KevinVanWhored

@HIT3kNology: Have you noticed that you can scroll down the article section and tell straight away which ones are "written" by Ed, just by reading the title?

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KevinVanWhored

@Bilal100: Nobody would come to my workplace and insult me for doing my job. Because I'm DOING my job. You can't scroll the internet, copy and paste a few quotations, slap it together and call it an article. Wake up and stop defending the hack. I'm not the only one that shares this view. And I'm not a troll, that's racist.

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Ballroompirate

Gamespot you need to stop with the movie news cause not only is this **** old (at least it's been talked about on the internet for 2 weeks), it's also wrong.

Stewart actually would still be up for another Professor X depending on how much he had to do and Jackman even though he said he was done would still do Wolverine on two conditions 1) he had a role in a deadpool movie (he stated more like a cameo, not an actual role) and 2) if he got offered a role in Avengers he would be Wolverine again.

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Philip_Hanan

@Ballroompirate: For real. All of GameSpot's news is way behind other gaming sources's and why on Earth are they reporting movie news? Who do they think they are? IGN?

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adayinverse

@Ballroompirate: It's old? The town hall where Patrick just made the announcement happened YESTERDAY. So clearly this can't have been discussed two weeks ago.

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Ballroompirate

@adayinverse: article was 5 days ago http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/02/21/logan-may-not-be-patrick-stewarts-last-x-men-movie

GS's article was yesterday, so you might want to layoff the paint chips there buddy.

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adayinverse

@Ballroompirate: Again, the town hall (where Patrick made the comments referenced in this article) happened on the 24th. That's well after the IGN article.

http://ew.com/movies/2017/02/24/patrick-stewart-x-men-retiring/

http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/24/14734874/logan-patrick-stewart-leaving-x-men-franchise-fox

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RamstainAU

@adayinverse: Gamespot trolls are fkn morons man. So much hate for Eddie Makuch and GS itself for no real reason, even ignoring facts.

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fbplayer1064

Wow. The studio heads weren't sure if people wanted a more mature Wolverine movie?!!!?!!!!

Just how out of touch are they?!

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@fbplayer1064: The problem with the studios is that they dont realize that we dont want a mature or lighthearted movie about Wolverine. Like with all other movies, people want something with a good story, great characters, and the action being used to propel the story. We dont want focus grouped, pattern repeating, studio head approved crap we keep getting across the spectrum of film, at least in America.

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Blk_Mage_Ctype

Mark Hamil said the same thing about his role as The Joker in Batman, yet he just keeps on repirising his role for every big budget Batman Animated Movie/Video Game.

All retirement from a role means these days is, "I'm holding out for more money before I'll agree to reprising my role."

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Zerohournow

@Blk_Mage_Ctype: this is true, Stewart already retired from his role earlier but came back. Like most actors, they will do smaller, non money making things for a bit and then come back when they burn threw some of the bank account.

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nparks

It's alright, Sir Patrick. You'll always be Captain Jean-Luc Picard to me.

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Slinqy

@nparks: Engage. Make it so! THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!

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LouiXIII

It was a good run

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BDRTFM

LOL, I had a "The Many Death's of Kenny" T-Shirt. They really should make a "The Many Deaths of Professor X" T-Shirt as well. The guy has been killed, or mortally wounded so many times throughout his history, he's had more lives than a litter of kittens.

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Im done too. I look forward seeing this movie but thats it, dont care for a reboot of the franchise.

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unde4dpikachu

@rahroc: Same. I really hope this is as finite as everyone is suggesting. I'm optimistic about the TV shows and the spin-offs, however. I don't need a grand Avengers-style arc. I enjoy isolated universes.

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normanislost

I thought he'd said this a while ago but it's a shame I had hoped he would make an appearance in legion

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