Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart have achieved a new feat that no one is likely to match anytime soon. While Jackman was taping an appearance on the British talk show ‘This Morning’, he was presented with a certificate from Guinness World Records’ Craig Glenday, for the shared honor of “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero.” The exact length of Jackman and Stewart’s superhero careers is 16 years and 228 days, beginning with the first ‘X-Men’ movie in 2000, and ending with 2017’s ‘Logan’.
Jackman admitted that as a child, he had attempted to get into the Book of World Records by having the longest badminton game among others. In reaction to receiving this certificate, he said:
“When I was a kid, I wanted to be in the Guinness Book of Records. When I was a kid, the Guinness Book of Records was it.”
Stewart appeared via a taped message:
“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.”
In addition to ‘X-Men’ and ‘Logan’, Stewart appeared in ‘X2: X-Men United’, ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ (uncredited), ‘The Wolverine’ (uncredited), and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’. Jackman was in all of the same movies, plus uncredited cameos in ‘X-Men: First Class’ and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’.
The closest competitor they have is Robert Downey Jr., who debuted as ‘Iron Man’ in 2008. His appearance in this year’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ will mark 11 years as the same Marvel superhero, but it is widely believed that he will retire the role after this movie. (Co-star Gwyneth Paltrow has already disclosed that she is done with playing Pepper Potts.)
It’s practically unheard of for an actor to stick with any franchise for over ten years. It looks as though Jackman and Stewart will hold this title for quite some time.