For most actors, they live with a role for a year or two and then move on. But franchise films find actors living with their characters for years at a time. Patrick Stewart has been doing it since 2000’s X-Men, the film that deserves credit for kicking off our current cinematic superhero golden age. In Logan, he is not an actor being given the backstory for his character to inform his performance; he has actually performed that entire backstory and lived with it for years. Although Charles Xavier is entirely different than he used to be, he is still somehow, undoubtedly, the same man. This is all credited to the direction of James Mangold and Patrick Stewart’s performance, which some feel deserves awards recognition.