Fox’s ‘Logan’ & ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Teams Talk Franchise Endings — The Contenders

Deadline | 11/4/2017 | Amanda N'Duka
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20th Century Fox tentpoles Logan and War for the Planet of the Apes both marked the end of an era for beloved characters.

For Logan director James Mangold, the choice to end the stories of the X-Men franchise characters came from an artistic point of view. “We had a goal to make a more humane movie,” said Mangold told Dominic Patton at Deadline’s The Contenders event. “That Charles and Logan die at the end of the movies would be no big deal if it was any other movie. The question is loaded with the potency of ‘what are you doing to the franchise?'” To which he answered: “I don’t give a ****. I wanted to make a great movie.”

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Sir Patrick Stewart, who has played Professor Charles Xavier since the franchise launched in 2000, recalled the moment when the end of his character hit him. “Hugh and I saw the movie with a big audience for the first time at the Berlin Film Festival,” he said. “We got into the last five minutes of the movie, and I found myself very emotional. I’ve always known that there was an intensity to the ending but not as strong as I found it sitting in the cinema.” He wasn’t alone. “Hugh was crying too,” Stewart said. “Yes, I confess Hugh Jackman and I held hands during the last five minutes of the movie, and it was consensual.”

Added Stewart, “There can be no better way ever of saying goodbye to...
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