It has been a long time coming, but X-Men Apocalypse is where we finally see James McAvoy play Professor X as he was supposed to be played; Bald. The charming Scotsman has managed to get away with playing the good professor while sporting a full head of hair for two movies now. However, the latest installment in the franchise will see him adopt Xavier’s classic look and when the time came to shave his head, it seemed only right to let his predecessor watch the process. Fortunately, director Bryan Singer had the presence of mind to record the event for posterity;
Patrick Stewart, Xavier’s previous actor, watches the event via Smartphone with great amusement. Stewart, who had gone bald by the time he had turned nineteen, even jokes that McAvoy should gather up the fallen hair and send it to him claiming that he could ‘make some use of it’.
James McAvoy finally wearing the iconic hairstyle (or lack thereof) of Professor X feels entirely appropriate given the events of the movie. Fox’s latest offering revolves around the plans of iconic X-Man villain Apocalypse and (unlike Days of Future Past) it doesn’t involve any of the cast of the original trilogy. So it’s fitting that James McAvoy should fully adopt Xavier’s look as he fully makes the role his own.