Patrick Stewart regretted asking why Professor X was in a wheelchair

Because comics

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Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier is one of the most perfect castings in Hollywood history. No one else could give the leader of the X-Men the firm authority and dry wit of the comic book character. Also they’re both bald. 

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However, one significant difference between Stewart and Prof X is that Xavier is confined to a wheelchair. Speaking at this year’s Edinburgh Television Festival, director Bryan Singer revealed that Stewart was curious about this iconic aspect of the character back when he was cast in the first X-Men movie.

[It’s better if you imagine Patrick Stewart’s voice throughout this]

“In the early X-Men movies Patrick Stewart played Professor X. And one day he said ‘Bryan, why am I in this wheelchair?’”

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“And I said, ‘well, I think, years ago, your friend/enemy/frenemy Magneto put you in that wheelchair. I don’t know how, but he did something. That’s why you’re in that wheelchair.”

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“Then he says ‘well, what does it say in the comic book?’”

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“Well, the comic book says that after travelling to Israel, Professor Xavier went to Tibet, where he encountered an alien agent named Lucifer.” 

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“Lucifer had holed up in a castle. So Xavier rallied the Tibetans, fighters that they are, to assault this castle. And this angered Lucifer.”

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“So he dropped a rock on the Professor.”

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“…and that’s why he’s in the wheelchair.”

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“And Patrick just looked at me…” 

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“I like your version better.” 

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Of course, Singer was later able to fill in this backstory when he wrote the script for X-Men First Class, but Professor X was played by a different actor.

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