James Mangold Explains Why Logan's Prof. X Has Hair


Fans, even those disappointed in Wolverine's previous solo films, appear to be eagerly looking forward to "Logan," the second film starring the popular X-Man directed by James Mangold, and the final outing as the character by Hugh Jackman, who first brought him to life in 2000's "X-Men."

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Part of the thrill has come from the trailer and photographs' indication that while obviously telling an original story, the sequel will hew closely to its comic book roots. Jackman's titular character, for example, is exactly what we've come to expect from the tragic hero's late-life depictions: grey, grizzled and craggy, not unlike a Joe Quesada illustration come to life. Patrick Stewart's Professor X, too, is once again true to his comic book roots -- mostly. This time around, the character is not as pristinely bald as we've seen in previous films.

Mangold admits it could be interpreted "kind of sacrilege" for the traditionally follicle-less mutant to sport even the vaguest wisps of hair, but for "Logan," he felt it made sense.

"The theory was that he originally lost all his hair because it’s just too damn busy [in his head] to grow hair," Mangold explained in an interview with Empire Magazine. "The idea for me was, well, maybe there’s a little fringe on there, because things are slowing down mentally."

In “Logan,” a weary Wolverine, whose healing factor is failing, cares for an ailing -- and apparently less mentally adept -- Professor Xavier in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Opening March 3, “Logan” stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez.

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