“We knew we were making something very different,” divulges Patrick Stewart as we chat via webcam (watch above) about “Logan,” the actor’s seventh outing in the “X-Men” franchise. Directed by James Mangold, the film finds Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine in the not-too-distant future caring for his ailing surrogate father Dr. Charles Xavier (Stewart), whose mind has been ravaged by dementia, somewhere on the Mexican border. Into their lives comes Laura (Dafne Keen), a young mutant who forces the duo out of hiding and on the run from deadly pursuers.
The veteran star’s involvement in the series dates all the way back to the beginning, when Bryan Singer‘s “X-Men” (2000) first introduced the motley crew of mutants to the moviegoing world. “I had never had any anticipation of having such a long relationship with this franchise,” he admits. This darker, more intimate story is “nothing like the ‘X-Men’ we’ve seen before,” and Stewart “was captured by that idea of a new vision of where these two leaders of the X-Men might possibly end up, given that we know very early on in the movie the other X-Men are gone.”
Stewart has received three Golden Globe bids for television roles: Movie/Mini Actor for “Moby Dick” in 1999, Movie/Mini Actor for “The Lion in Winter” in 2005, and TV Comedy Actor for “Blunt Talk” in 2016. He is also a four-time Emmy Award nominee for “Moby Dick,” “The Lion in Winter,” “Hamlet” (2010), and his comedy guest role on “Extras” (2006). His iconic role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” never brought him a nomination from either group, however. Given its massive box office success and stellar reviews, could “Logan” finally earn Stewart his long awaited first Oscar nomination?