I can't imagine what it must feel like to be in the same role for as long as some people have. Kelsey Grammer played Frasier Crane for 22 years, the late Joseph Mascolo played Stephano Di'mera since 1965 until he died in 2016, but the lastest one to say farwell to a role since it debuet on the big screen is Hugh Jackman as Wolverine who had been playing the role since 2000.
It's hard to imagine another actor in roles like that and it will be different going forward if they decide to get someone else playing that role. I've been watching the X-Men movies since they first came out, I even went to the theaters when they came out in the beginning. One thing is for sure though, the face of the X-Men will never be the same.
Hugh Jackman is an amazing actor and he was the perfect person to play the role. He will truly be missed with those adamantium claws of his. Even though it's heartbreaking to see him go, there will eventually be someone to take his place. Jackman even suggested an actor for the role. His name is Shah Rukh Khan.
Of course, that probably won't happen for a long time since most people would complain that the role was recast too soon. Just like people are more comfortable with Patrick Stewart playing Professor X than they are of James Mcavoy. Don't get me wrong, McAvoy did a good job with what he was given, but those are some mighty big shoes to fill. Hardly anyone can compete with Captain Jean-Luc Picard himself, it's going to be just as hard to fill the Wolverine claws.
We all go though that point in life where it's hard to imagine someone else playing a role you're so used to seeing. Hopefully Khan can fulfill those expectations in his own way and leave people satisfied, but for now, let's remember everything that Hugh Jackman has given us and keep those memories for as long as we can.