How ‘Logan’ Convinced Patrick Stewart He Could Return to ‘Star Trek’

“When we meet for the first time, you might almost say ‘we don’t know this man,'” Stewart told TheWrap of inhabiting Jean-Luc Picard after 20 years

Jean-Luc Picard was the one role Patrick Stewart thought he would never play again. And if it wasn’t for James Mangold and Hugh Jackman, he probably never would have put that Starfleet badge back on, which he wore for 7 seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and four feature films.

Stewart starred alongside Jackman in Mangold’s “Logan,” where he played a way-past-his-prime, 90-year old version of Charles Xavier, the leader of the X-Men known for his unlimited hopefulness. But this was a starkly different take from what fans of the original “X-Men” were used to; in “Logan,” Stewart portrayed a hollowed out, broken-down Xavier.

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Tim Baysinger

Tim Baysinger

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