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'Logan's' Patrick Stewart and James Mangold on challenging the preconceived notions of superhero movies

'Logan's' Patrick Stewart and James Mangold on challenging the preconceived notions of superhero movies

“Even superheroes grow old,” says James Mangold, director and co-writer of “Logan.” “There’s no escaping it, but we’ve never seen it. It’s great unplowed ground.”

Mangold is talking about Patrick Stewart’s final turn as Charles Xavier, alongside Hugh Jackman’s swansong as the X-Man Wolverine. Stewart was so convincing as a 90-something Professor X, plagued by a degenerative brain disease, it’s practically a relief to see the vigorous, engaging actor stroll into Mangold’s offices on the Fox lot and extend a hand to shake. One remembers, “Oh yes, he was acting.”

“I was 75 when I shot my part of the movie,” he says, in those famed dulcet tones. “It was fascinating to make that...

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