Stewart: Work In Hollywood Lacked Substance May 17, 2007by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: TNG , trackback
Last weekend Patrick Stewart dropped by ITV’s Parkinson to talk about life back in the UK. TNG’s Picard stated that his return was permanent and that by the time he was offered the opportunity to return to the English stage had had grown "bitterly homesick." Although he did not mention Star Trek specifically, he did seem to be derisive of his time working in Hollywood.
When I went to do all this exciting and thrilling work in Hollywood, and remunerative work too, and sunshine and palm trees and all of that, it was fun but there was a substance that was lacking in it. Because what I’m doing now is all that I wanted to do and I increasingly began to feel panicked.
I had two lots of panics living in America. One was that I would never find my way back to where I am now. And the other one was that I would be knocked down in the street and I would die lying on my back on an American street looking up at the sky, knowing that I was dying and knowing that I wasn’t in England. This became such a serious phobia that I would never cross the street except at the intersections, I’d never cross against the red-man or when it said don’t walk, because I was so convinced that this was going to happen to me and it would have been possibly the worst thing that could have happened. So I relocated, I’m back here permanently living in England, I’m acting in Shakespeare again and if I do get knocked down it will be on an English street!
The only time that Star Trek came up specifically was to how it led to being named the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ twice while he was in his late 40s. Stewart was asked if that helped his self esteem issues, to which he replied
It did momentarily. (Laughter) It’s like reviews, you don’t believe the good ones you only believe the bad ones. Well, it just would have been nice if it had happened when I was seventeen.
From the various statements Stewart has made in the last year (such as calling his time at TNG ‘a calamty’ or ‘a relationship that is over‘) it would appear that the actor has truly moved on from his time as Captain Picard and Professor Xavier. Then again going from Nemesis to MacBeth, perhaps he has a poiint.