Sir Patrick Stewart is a geeky national treasure.
Between his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation and his role as Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise, Stewart has been responsible for breathing life into two of the most iconic popular culture franchises of all time.
It’s hard to imagine X-Men without Stewart, as no matter how fantastic James McAvoy is at playing the younger version of the character, all credit should definitely go to Patrick Stewart for helping to kick off the cinematic universe that gave birth to the modern superhero movie boom.
It’s been nearly twenty years since Patrick Stewart first took on the role of Professor X, and many of his costars in the original X-Men have long since bid farewell to anything other than cameo roles in newer movies.
Now, as we prepare for Logan which star Hugh Jackman insists is his final outing for the character, it would make sense for Patrick to name this movie as his swansong as well.
According to the actor himself, though, he’s not quite finished with Professor X just yet.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Stewart revealed that he’s still eager to make more X-Men movies:
“Hugh has raised the flag that says goodbye. I haven’t done that yet.”
Considering that Stewart is now seventy six years old, nobody could blame him for choosing to bow out.
At the same time, though, it’s worth bearing in mind that Stewart’s roles in X-Men movies are a lot less strenuous than the intense diet and exercise regime Jackman is required to endure in order to play the character.
As such, Stewart is able to focus on giving nuanced performances that very rarely involve standing up, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t view X-Men as quite such a challenging movie franchise to continue appearing in.
If Stewart isn’t hanging up the towel just yet, it’s hard not to get excited about the possibilities for the future. For the most part, the original, older cast of mutants have been replaced in Fox’s movies, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still room for more of the elderly Professor X in future films.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) September 13, 2013
One thing we’d all love to see would be a buddy comedy with Professor X and Sir Ian McKellen’s Magneto front and center – the pair’s real life friendship brings a smile to many faces, and some of the most touching moments in Days of Future Past came from watching these two classic actors interact.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 22, 2014
So what are you waiting for, Fox? Get Sir Ian and Sir Patrick on the line, and make that movie happen! We want to see the original Professor X and Magneto back together for one last, glorious adventure.