Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart were recently honored by Guiness World Records for their roles as Wolverine and Professor X.
As Wolverine and Professor X, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart entertained comic book fans and the general public for nearly two decades. Playing a single role that long is a massive accomplishment, to say the least. And as it turns out, it’s also a world record.
Both Jackman and Stewart were honored by Guiness World Record for setting the record for longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero. The exact record set by both stars is precisely 16 years 228 days. Jackman was surprised with his award during an appearance on This Morning:
While speaking with Guiness (via Marvel), Jackman revealed that making it into the Guiness Book of World Records was a childhood dream of his:
“When I was a kid, the Guinness Book of Records was it. That’s it, I’ve made it! This is why I got into showbiz, thank you.”
Jackman and Stewart began their journeys as Logan and Charles Xavier back in 2000’s X-Men. While Stewart, a British actor, was already well known to American audiences for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Australian Jackman was essentially an unknown. And due to his towering height, many believed he wasn’t the best choice for Wolverine. However, the actor quickly proved the naysayers wrong, and over time, his performance of the hero has been regarded as the definitive version of the character. The same is also true for Stewart’s interpretation of Xavier.
The two completed their stints with James’ Mangold’s critically acclaimed Logan in 2017. The two have been asked on various occasions if they would reprise their roles in some capacity. Ryan Reynolds has humorously tried to get Jackman to appear as Logan in a Deadpool film, and many want to see Stewart appear in FX’s Legion. But despite the demand, the two insist they’re done with the roles.
It’s bittersweet knowing the two will no longer be portraying the characters, especially with the impending Disney-Fox deal. Still, fans will always be able to reflect on and cherish the fun performances they’ve given through the years.