2. Patrick Stewart – Logan
Veteran actor Patrick Stewart (alongside his long-time BFF Ian
McKellen) brought a touch of class to the superhero genre when he first began
playing Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise back in 2000 and in
Logan – his final outing as the genius mutant – Stewart’s performance was as
brilliant as ever.
Ravaged by Alzheimer’s and prone to devastating telepathic seizures, one of which inadvertently killed several civilians and fellow mutants, the nonagenarian Professor X is a man racked by guilt at his own destruction of everything he worked to build even as senility loosens his grip on reality.
Stewart’s performance isn’t all doom and gloom however. Cranky in his old age and rendered uncensored by all the drugs he’s on, Xavier is often foul-mouthed and the funniest part of the movie’s dialogue while the surrogate father and grandfather role he plays to Logan and Laura is heartfelt. All in all, a beautiful and bittersweet farewell to a much-loved character.