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Stewart: I thought X-Men days over

Patrick Stewart has confessed he never thought he would be in another X-Men movie after his character Professor Charles Xavier was killed off in X-Men: The Last Stand.

The 72-year-old actor told fans at the Comicpalooza convention in Texas he had just spent four-and-a-half weeks on set of new movie X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and how excited he was about the project.

Patrick said: "It's interesting, it must be six or seven years since X-Men Three when you will recall that Charles Xavier was vaporised.

"You are asking yourselves if you were vaporised how can you be in the next X-Men movie. Anybody got any ideas?

When a member of the audience shouted "Time travel!", the actor replied, "Yes, exactly, something like that. There will be an explanation

"But it was a little puzzling to me in a way because I thought my X-Men days were over, but not so."

The Star Trek star revealed that many of the leading actors had other commitments and so had filmed their parts separately for it all to be put together later.

But he enthused: "I think it is going to certainly be the X-Men of all X-Men pictures. And one doesn't want to tempt fate but also the blockbuster of 2014.

"It was a wonderful experience to be reunited with Anna Paquin and Ian McKellen and Halle Berry and others, like Hugh Jackman.

"And it was delightful to be reunited not only with my fellow actors but also with - and how blessed we are in this - our original director Bryan Singer."

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