Not just Hugh Jackman, but Sir Patrick Stewart also broke the record after having played the live-action Marvel characters of Wolverine and Charles Xavier respectively.
Little did we know that superheroes could break world records too! X-Men star Hugh Jackman is now a Guinness world record holder. Not just Jackman, but Sir Patrick Stewart also broke the record after having achieved the success of playing live-action Marvel characters of Wolverine and Charles Xavier respectively, for the longest of time.
They were honored with the trophy by the Guinness Book of Records on ITV daytime show called 'This Morning', reported ET Canada.
Jackman received a video message from Stewart saying, “Hi, Hugh my dear. I have discovered that you and I are now in the Guinness Book of Records. Congratulations, my friend. There’s another thing to hang on your wall.”
Jackman and Patrick appeared as the characters for the first time in 2000 film X-Men until 2017's Logan. Calculating the total duration of the actors being a part of the movie comes to 16 years and 228 days.
“When I was a kid, the Guinness Book of Records was it,” Jackman said during the show, revealing he and his brother used to cook up schemes to win one.
“My brother and I thought — badminton, you don’t have to play it hard, two nights without sleep — we can definitely do that!” he explained.
“It was an honour to be able to finally hand over a certificate to Hugh and welcome him personally into the Guinness World Records family,” said Glenday of presenting Jackman with his award.
“I’ve met hundreds of record holders over my 16 years at GWR, and each time I get a kick out of being able to celebrate their achievements.” He added, “So congratulations again, Hugh, and don’t forget that you — and your brother — are welcome to pop into the office any time you want to try for another record. PS: the badminton marathon record is a ‘mere’ 25 hours…. just saying…”
The record title for longest career as a live action Marvel superhero is shared by @RealHughJackman and fellow X-men star Sir Patrick Stewart (UK). Both have had @Marvel careers spanning 16 years 228 days. pic.twitter.com/FKG6CWWxfL— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) February 20, 2019
Fans know that the live-action movie and their roles helped push the superhero genre into the limelight and made these movies the mainstream of Hollywood. This movie also presented the world with iconic portrayals of several X-Men.
Jackman's 'Wolverine' was the center of the main trilogy, however, the role of Stewart was a prominent one in his own right. After the first trilogy had a disappointing ending, both actors and characters received more screentime in future installments.
Jackman was soon seen in the spinoff movies of Wolverine and cameo in X-Men: First Class. However, both the movies got compiled together and made into the larger story in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Both record holders then agreed to appear in the movie one more time in 'Logan' ending their time with the franchise. Owning the tag of the record holder is a big accomplishment for both the actors, as the first time when they signed for their roles, they must have had no idea that their journey will take them a long way.
The franchise also went through many ups and downs, but these two legendary characters always managed to dive deeper into their characters making their roles, a prominent one. Talking about the number of appearances made, Jackman beat Stewart when it comes to the number of appearances made, with Jackman making nine appearances to Stewart's seven.
Even though they started their journey all together at the same time, however, their roles and usage hold different implications and aren't quite the same.
'Logan' was the last movie for both the characters as the actors themselves declared that they were done with the X-Men franchise, even though the film series has continued with Dark Phoenix.
If Robert Downey Jr continues to play the role of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe then he might take away the record from Jackman and Stewart in a few years.
Not only does Robert has a shot but Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jon Favreau also have best shots of breaking the record, and they are still five years away from doing it.
This could also mean a piece of good news for Jackman and Stewart since Downey is expected to leave the MCU after Avengers: Endgame. Paltrow too recently confirmed that she is likely to do the same as Robert.
On the contrary, Jackson and Favreau continue to be a part of the franchise in 'Spider-Man: Far From Home', making them tie to for the MCU's record. The only way to take away the record from Jackman's and Stewart's bucket will be when Jackson and Favreau continue to stick with the franchise till 2025.
However, until then, Jackman and Stewart's names will continue to be there to hold the titles and they are grateful to X-Men.