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Stewart: Work In Hollywood Lacked Substance May 17, 2007

by 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.

Stewart continued

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.  


Full transcript (and video) of Stewart on Parkinson  




1. Stanky McFibberich - May 17, 2007

I’m no Stewart fan in regards to his portrayal of Picard, but I can’t wait to see how this handful of comments will be dissected and judged.

I don’t place too much stock in anything these actors say, particularly when you rarely get to hear or read them in complete context.

2. CmdrR. - May 17, 2007

I’ve seen reviewers say Patrick Stewart gets hired because he can deliver crappy dialogue and make it believable. That was true in Nemesis, certainly. If an actor wants to pee on his own past gigs, so be it. Stewart wouldn’t be the first and won’t be the last.

3. jonboc - May 17, 2007

I’m also not even CLOSE to being a member of the Patrick Stewart fan club. I thought Picard was, while competantly acted, a lousy captain. And I enjoyed him in all the X-men movies, although he was little more than competant in those as well…nothing really to write home about. He did the role, he didn’t suck, and that’s about it.
But those that do like the man should not get bent out of shape because of statements like this. How does his feelings have anything at ALL to do with you and how you feel? I think Kirk, as portrayed by Shatner, is one of the greatest characters of all time. And if Shatner released a statement tomorrow proclaiming Kirk the worst role he ever had, lamenting his time on Star Trek….I would think, oh well…. Kirk, as portrayed by Shatner, is STILL one of the greatest characters of all time… then pour me up another beer and pop in a TOS DVD.

4. Cranston - May 17, 2007

#3 – Well said. I, for one, do like Stewart’s performances as Picard quite a lot, and this wouldn’t change any of that. I think that people forget that, while they as viewers may have made these emotional attachments to a character, the actor portraying that character is doing a job. If he’s doing the job well, then great, but don’t expect him to revere the role as much as you revere the character.

5. CmdrR. - May 17, 2007

He can’t HATE the role if he bothers to keep a TNG pinball machine in his game room… plus a little red (10K) captain suit in the closet.

6. tadayou - May 17, 2007

Oh come on, he never said, that he HATES the role. He’s just over it and that’s something I can understand very well. And as it seems in this interview he’s not only over Star Trek but also over (Hollywood) film-making in general. Many actors made a pause some time in their career and turned to their roots – the stage. Kate Mulgrew for example is doing the same since the end of Voyager, if I’m not completely wrong.

I liked Stewart’s performance of Picard a lot – especially in the movies, and I think that he’s an important part of the Trek universe. Can’t blame him for being tired of it, though, he’s a human being after all.

7. NZorak - May 17, 2007

He said in another interview that he’s never putting on the captain’s uniform again. I’m fine with that since there’s small likelyhood that the Next Gen cast will get another go at it, but if they do, it’s comforting to me to know that Riker will finally get to take the lead.

8. Ro-Dan - May 17, 2007

I think Stewart is a class act. Nothing I’ve read in the above story has detracted from my opinion of him. Keep in mind that Stewart is a classically trained actor who needs new challenges. He probably feels he’s went as far as he could with the Picard character. I’ve no doubt that he cherishes those years on TNG despite his “calamity” comment. He’s just glad to be back home in England with new acting challenges ahead of him. Can’t fault a guy for that.

9. Kirk's Yeoman - May 17, 2007

i get the sense that he is embarassed by his work on star trek and XMen.

10. Xai - May 17, 2007

This is a non-story. He’s home, giving the home press a “feel-good” piece. I liked him as Picard and that has not changed.

But I am sure we’ll see some cannon shots (not canon) as the story posts move down. No doubt a few will hang him purely because he “dared to be captain of the Enterprise when no one but Kirk should be.”

11. Steve Austin - May 17, 2007

anyone else kind of freaked out by this paranoid fantasy of being knocked down and dying in America? What he doesnt like the way we drive or something?

12. Commodore Z - May 17, 2007

Stewart had enough class to cash his checks, but not enough to respect the material and the people that made him a star.

13. Demode - May 17, 2007

I can understand him being a little tired of the role, but as an actor, I am surprised he would not want to give his character a better ‘closure.’ Nemesis is not the way a character like Picard should go out. The character just has to much history for that.

I really would love to see TNG do one more movie, or even better, do a 4 hour mini-series for CBS to wrap it all up. Get someone like Bryan Singer to either direct or be executive producer (he was executive producer on the sci-fi mini-series “The Triangle”) DVD sales for that would be huge, for sure, and ratings would be huge for CBS too. Someone like Bryan Singer would certainly have the clout to get Patrick Stewart back.

14. non-fanatic - May 17, 2007

“Stewart had enough class to cash his checks, but not enough to respect the material and the people that made him a star.”

I saw Parkinson on Saturday, but I don’t think you did.

15. Commodore Z - May 17, 2007

“I saw Parkinson on Saturday, but I don’t think you did.”

True enough, but relevant to his numerous comments elsewhere how?

16. Michael Appleton - May 17, 2007

I consider Patrick Stewart to be a great actor. As to his concern about being knocked down on an American street, I think it was simply his feeling at the time of being a “stranger in a strange land”. After all, if any of us were say, working in Thailand for a handful of years, we might feel more than a little displaced by our environment, even if we were there for a prolonged period of time. I admire his candour in being willing to share a private anxiety like that with a major audience.

17. Bennie Sisko - May 17, 2007

I have worked abroad, but never developed a ‘serious phobia’ nor was i ‘convinced’ i would get knocked down and die on foreign soil

18. CALQL8 - May 17, 2007

It sounds to me more like he liked Hollywood for a time, but has grown tired of it and wanted to go back to something more familiar. Kind of reaching a bit of a mid-life crisis, in late life. It seems to me that maybe there are some lines being missed. Here is what he said once about TNG:

“It did change many, many things, and I’m immensely grateful for that. I have worked hard not in any sense to feel they were wasted years —though time is a factor in all of this, and I now have a lot of catching up to do. I feel that acutely — not that there have been lost opportunities, but that there are things I might have done and I’ve got to do a lot of them quickly now.”

It seems that he is saying he liked TNG then, but now he wants to do other things. Also, a lot of mid-life-crisis like comments through out. Ironically, the comments he makes here are immediately after he said the call for TNG was “a calamity,” so I think it kind of got over emphasized at the expense of the rest, which is context. I interpret the quote “a relationship that is over” a little differently too. To me, it means there was a relationship, he enjoyed the work, but it is over, life moves on. Here’s a quote from this article that I think reiterates my point:

“When I went to do all this exciting and thrilling work in Hollywood, […] it was fun but there was a substance that was lacking in it.”

He specifically says that it was “exciting and thrilling” and “fun.” His other comments sound more like an explanation of why he returned to UK. Again, it sounds to me like he was gradually feeling life and time passing him by.

Ironically, his current feelings seem very similar to some of Picard’s in the TNG episode “Family” and the TNG film Generations!

I do agree, however, that I could hear him say he hates Star Trek in every way, always had and always will, and I’d still like Picard, even if I hate Stewart.

19. steve623 - May 17, 2007

I guess he liked the material enough to take the money.

20. Sleeper Agent X - May 17, 2007

Re: #10

Quote: No doubt a few will hang him purely because he “dared to be captain of the Enterprise when no one but Kirk should be.”

LOL, you’ve captured their histrionic tone perfectly.

I do wonder how much of Stewart’s comments are spin. People are probably asking him, “You used to be a movie star. Now you’re back on the stage. What happened?” And maybe he feels he has to answer the questions in this way to get the point across he’s glad to be back doing Shakespeare.

Whatever the case, no need for anyone to get their feathers ruffled over this. That’s right, purists–Stewart’s comments AREN’T a “slap in the face” to the fanbase.

21. Kahless - May 17, 2007

good he went back to England,hopefully he learned during his time here that brushing his teeth regularly is a good thing.

22. Redshirt - May 17, 2007

I’ve been a fan of his work before TNG even started after it not as much. If hes happy at the stage then filming than Hollywood good for him. Lots of actors prefer the stage … for whatever reasons they might have.

I had the rare chance to see Every Good Boy Deserves Favour in Chicago during TNG’s run. I felt he was really good seeing him on stage.

23. tim - May 17, 2007

The character of Picard gave a different veiw of a captain in Star trek. While Kirk was at time gung ho and captured the spirit of most young adventurers, Picard showed the more seasoned Captain, who paid a price for his gung ho years. For me the character of Picard appealed to me more than Kirk, while I love the adventurer side of Kirk, Picards more sedate nature reflects mine.

I have no doubt some will “bash” him for calling his years on trek a calamity at times, which I have no doubt it was, all shows have up’s and downs. I have seen numerous interviews where he reinforces his love of what he did on Trek, but that he was over it and wanted to move on.

As for his paranoia of getting knocked over in the US, well, he had been away from his native land for many years and the effects of home sickness can manifest themselves in many way this is how it happened to him.

Stewart is one of the greatest stafe actors of the current erra, he is right up there with Sir Ian McKellan. He has gone back to his first calling.

24. Bobby - May 17, 2007

not everybody aspires to be an actor in a sci-fi franchise. most actors….and i know a lot, set their sights on realistic, dramatic context. they FEAR not being taken seriously and love change. they are able to do mulitple films, tv or plays in the course of their careers, and when they feel they get cornered, they freak out. he felt he was being cornered…same type of material…acting with a green screen. the fear probably led to his phobias and he is back where he feels safe and happy.

he did his bit for king and country.

live long and prosper, stewart!

25. Xai - May 17, 2007

This story is just a convenient trigger for the people that didn’t like stewart or TNG to take his words and tell us how bad he was. ..such as #21 kahless’ comment, which I see as a poor attempt at harrasment or humor..trying to decide which.

26. Jeffrey S. Nelson - May 17, 2007

I wonder if he’ll continue to voice the role of Stan’s boss on “American Dad”? Loved the episode where he broke his girlfriend’s neck and then asked Stan to help cover it up. CIA reflexes, don’t you know?

27. JohnP - May 17, 2007

Patrick has moved on. He has expressed gratitude for the role and such that Trek gave him but think about it he’s done with it. If anything I’m sure it is irritating to get noted for one character all the time. Leave the bloke alone, he did a lot for Trek, he knows it, and right now he needs time away from it. He was a great cast member and let’s leave the Limey alone for a few years.

28. Buckaroohawk - May 17, 2007

Wow. I’m surprised. More than 25 posts without somebody jumping on their high horse squealing “Patrick Stewart should kiss my boots because my devotion to Star Trek made him a celebrity.”

Considering the vitriol that spewed when the last interview with him was posted here (the one with the unfortunate “calamity” comment), I was expecting more of the same from the trekkier-than-thous. I’m glad to see that hasn’t happened so far.

Stewart was a great addition to the franchise, but if he feels his Trek time is over, that’s quite all-right. I applaud the guy for not begrudgingly clinging to it if he doesn’t really want to. Trek’s loss is the English stage’s gain, apparently. Cheers to him.

29. Xai - May 17, 2007

Perhaps other captains should move on as well?

30. trektacular - May 17, 2007

I agree with Demode, would be a real treat to see a TNG miniseries produced by someone other than Berman.

31. Dom - May 17, 2007

You reach a point in life where you have to wonder whether you’re really happy with what you’re doing. Patrick Stewart’s a damn good theatre actor who’s had twenty-odd years doing the Hollywood thing, which has probably made him financially comfortable for the rest of his life.

But enough’s enough. His first love is the stage and he can carry that on for as long as he wants. Maybe he’ll even turn up on the occasional TV show in the UK in something beyond a cameo appearance.

He defined an era of Star Trek – indeed, when you think how all the modern Star Trek casts consciously or unconsciously seemed to imitate his mannerisms and you think of the way Trek writers came to write Trek dialogue, you realise that Stewart’s performance is the most influential in all the post-1987 Treks.

It’s fitting that, as he bows out like a gentleman, someone different has come in to take Star Trek in yet another new direction.

Thanks Patrick.

32. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - May 17, 2007

I’m with Dom #32, Patrick Stewart has earned the right to do whatever artistic project he wants, whenever he wants to, many times over. For me, Picard was far and away the best captain, but I am content to let that character be a historical one now. I certainly don’t support any plans to trot out Picard only to have the character be polluted with Nemesis-like nonsense (it pains me to consider that crap canon).

33. Tim - May 17, 2007

30. Xai – May 17, 2007 -Oh you risk the wrath of Kirk die hards :-)

I agree with 32 and 32 as well. Stewart and the Next Generation crew brought Star Trek to the top of the food chain in syndication. It was viewed as mainstream! Star Trek as mainstream! He also influenced the Captains to follow – Janeway in particular. While Sisko was a blend of both Kirk and Picard, in the later series he leant more to Picard in some ways. And Archer was very much PIcard from my point of view. As Kirk/Shatner defined Trek in the 60’s to the mid to late 80’s Picard/Stewart in a way defined Trek in the 90’s and the Early part of the 00’s.

Now it’s time for the torch to be passed again. Stewart after so many years wants to move on from Trek and let’s face it not many people stay in the any job longer than ten years these days.

34. THEETrekMaster - May 17, 2007

His Trek Movies sure lacked substance…LMAO!!!

35. THEETrekMaster - May 17, 2007

SOoooo….if he’s back in “jolly old England” for good then I guess that means there won’t be an X4? LOL!!! So much for that tease at the end of X3, right? LOL!!!!

36. Smitty - May 18, 2007

*sniff sniff*

I smell burning bridges…


37. jimsmith - May 18, 2007

Thing is, I like ‘Star Trek’ a lot, yeah, (I wouldn’t know this website existed if I didn’t and I certainly wouldn’t bother posting on if I didn’t after all) but all the man says is that some of his Hollywood work lacked ‘substance’ compared to what he’s doing now. Since going back to England he’s played leading roles in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ and ‘The Tempest’ and is working on ‘MacBeth’. Whatever the merits of ‘Star Trek’ (and it has many, many merits as television, as drama, even as world-view) it *is* insubstantial compared to those three plays. That’s not too harsh a judgement though, not really, because so is most writing in English. They’re three of the best scripts ever written by a human being. The very best ‘Star Trek’ episodes are very, very good indeed but there’s not one that is the equal of ‘The Tempest’ – and I say that with a lot of love in my heart for all things ‘Trek’.

38. hitch1969© - May 18, 2007

I doubt that he intended the remarks to come across as disparaging about America and Star Trek they way they did. I think he was more trying to demonstrate enthusiasm for England and Shakespeare, etc by way of contrast. Of course, he’s still understandably bitter about Nemesis, too.

Give him 5 or 10 years. Like the various members of the Brady Bunch and the William Shatners before him, frustration with typecast will give way to acceptance and renewed interest in reunion. We’ve seen this a million times and the only question here is how bad will his remarks continue to get before they get better?

I dont think we’ve heard the last of this from Patrick Stewart.

And…” 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.”

Well hello, drama queen. You’re a MAN for chrissake, Patty. Take a cue from Tony Soprano – Gary Cooper strong silent type, SAD CLOWN laughing on the oustide crying on the inside. Jeez.



39. John Cocktoastin - May 18, 2007

He needs to distance himself, because the TNG movies bar one, really dragged the franchise down.

40. tadayou - May 18, 2007

This whole knock down thingy might sound a bit harsh, but to be fair the United States are not really known for their ahimsa. Of course this is a prejudice, but one I can relate to. When I moved to a large city I also had this panic sometimes… in the end it’s a panic, something you can’t control and that has nothing to do with him being a man or not.

41. Sleeper Agent X - May 18, 2007

#40 – Get lost. You know why.

42. Cervantes ( thankfully looking up at a SCOTTISH sky ) - May 18, 2007

#39 hitch1969

English Thespians, eh?… ;)

43. paul austin - May 18, 2007

I’m sure if we had a time machine and asked Stewart v1986 if he’d prefer to be a reletively penniless shakesperean actor or a rich well known actor that he’d make the same choice. But I suppose it took the Shat several several years to warm up to his trek legacy, so to be fair we should allow these tng whiners to whine. Although unlike the Shat, Stewart should have known what he was in for. Let me make my choice now in case theres a time machine coming to ask me….I’ll take the money, money=freedom and options.
LOL @ the ‘red man’ and the mustache…very british

44. Jon - May 18, 2007

Whadda like?Joe Shakespeah!

45. scott - May 18, 2007

Tony, what happened to Nothing new in a week. It was a great source.

46. THEETrekMaster - May 18, 2007

So, what about X4?

47. Doug L. - May 18, 2007

re 13 Demode:

I kinda jumped ahead here so apologies if i’m retreading… I agree with you. I would think he would want to go out with a bang rather than a whimper with a character he portrayed so well for so long. So you never know… maybe the right project…

Also, Paramount is really missing the boat with the Mini-series route. I’ve been suggesting this idea for years. It doesn’t tie the actors down beyond the project, and you have the forum to do something that is not confined by episodic television OR limited to a 2 hour movie. It’s bigger, and I believe perfectly feasible, with network rights, and dvd sales liable to be huge.

All that said… don’t they have traffic accidents in England??? What’s the fuss???

Doug L

48. scott - May 18, 2007

X4 is not in the cards right now. With the Wolverine prequel in 2008 and the Magneto prequel in 2009, the Xmen franchise is busy. I don’t think Stewart would be a part of these projects.

49. Picard - May 18, 2007

Nice mustache. :D

50. Doug L. - May 18, 2007

re 41:

London’s not a big city? dl

51. Sithmenace - May 18, 2007

X4 is out because the salaries got way too expensive. Instead they’re going with spin-off franchises like Wolverine and Magneto. In fact I think Wolverine comes out next Summer.

52. Mark Lynch - May 18, 2007

I watched Parkinson for the very reason Patrick Stewart was appearing and I think that he was very honest about his time in the U.S.

Whilst I think that it will not be what everyone here wants to hear, he did a great job whilst he was there and has been fortunate enough to come back to his first love, the theatre. I for one hope that I get a chance to attend one of his plays.

Of course I am not binkered to the fact that the money he made from both TNG on television and the subsequent movies, have given him the freedom to pick and choose what he wants to do with the rest of his life.

I applaud the work he did in Star Trek and look forward to what he does in the future.

53. Dennis - May 18, 2007

Imagine having a dream career, but needing to make more money for a little bit. You jump at something similar, but unfulfilling only to have to take two decades to get back to where you really wanted to be in the first place. Picard was a great character. Stewart played him well and allowed him to grow. But it’s just a story. Stewart is now back where he really wants to be. I am happy for him, and I am glad to have been able to get to know the character he played. Now, I want new characters and new adventures, new stories and new ideas. Trek XI? Bring it on and surprise me.

54. Crusade2267 - May 18, 2007

I’m glad Stewart is back on the stage. I’ve been fortunate enough to see him a few times on Broadway. He is a fantastic actor, and while everyone will remember him for TNG, he’ll be remembered for much more. I always hope that he’ll come back to Broadway and do his one man “Christmas Carol” again… its a true favorite of mine, more so even than anything on TNG.

55. Captain Pike - May 18, 2007

I’m sorry but he really does come off sounding like an elitist snob. “I didn’t mind becoming famous and rich being on Star Trek, but I really want to be remembered for being a Shakespearian stage actor in England.”
Be happy that so many people enjoyed ST:TNG and admire your performance as Picard. Don’t turn it into something negative.

56. John Cocktoastin - May 18, 2007

The real problem is, and I know this from many years ago, is that he had/has english actor friends, theatre friends, who turned their nose up at his Hollywood career and activites. Now that that is akll dying down he’s pretending all this crap to look good.

57. Michael Appleton - May 18, 2007

Hey Mark, you used the word “whilst” twice in one sentence. Is that your “secret code word” tribute to Shakespearean actors?

58. Bad American Driver - May 18, 2007

so is he going to write a book like nimoy did ‘I am not Picard’
or ‘Don’t Make it So’
or ‘Disengage’

59. billy don't be a hiro - May 18, 2007

Well, compared to many of Mr. Stewart’s other film and television credits:

Chicken Little
The Pagemaster
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Conspiracy Theory
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Wild Geese II

Star Trek comes off looking pretty good. X-Men too for that matter. Like most actors, he obviously took a lot of work to make a living and/or make a lot of money, and if he’s dissatisfied about the insubstantial nature of his work in America, I doubt anyone put a gun to his head and insisted he add his voice to “Bambi II” or his presence to “Gunmen”, in which he co-starred with such great actors as Christopher Lambert and Mario Van Peeples. He may be embarrassed by the roles he accepted to put bread on his table and to pay alimony to his ex-wife, but he signed his own name on those contracts. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to be gracious for having a successful career in a profession in which 90% of its members are unemployed at any given time.

60. non-fanatic - May 18, 2007

“good he went back to England,hopefully he learned during his time here that brushing his teeth regularly is a good thing.”

That’s right, us English all have terrible teeth.

61. non-fanatic - May 18, 2007

Maybe Patrick Stuart likes to answer questions on chat shows truthfully when asked rather than just giving a jokey false reply that the fans want to hear.

Do you really believe that William Shatner “likes” star-trek?

62. Dom - May 18, 2007

Stewart mentioned on a number of occasions that, while being a Trek fan is fine, having fans turn up to one of his Shakespeare performances in a TNG costume is f***ing irritating.

No actor likes to carry baggage from other roles. Look what happened to poor Harry H Corbett!

63. Doug L. - May 18, 2007

at the risk of sounding completely ignorant… I’ll bite. who is Harry H. Corbett?


64. CmdrR. - May 18, 2007

Dom — I’m laughing at your reference of Harry H. Corbett. It took a Wikipedia search to track him down. Here in the colonies, the only mention we ever got of Steptoe and Son was the hugely popular rip-off Sanford and Son.

65. last o' the timelords - May 18, 2007

Hey, he’s back home and Brits tend to poop on everything. They think pointless cynicism means they’re realists.

Kinda the way some Trekkies nitpick the ‘nacelle caps’.

66. SAFarr - May 18, 2007

I would take this more as a British person making a comment about what it was like for him to be living in Los Angeles for an extended amount of time. Two very different worlds. Even between LA and New York it’s very different. Try putting yourself in his shoes. Off subject… he totaly phoned it in on Nemesis… but responsibility for the worst even numbered Trek film definetly falls on Baird and Berman.

67. COMPASSIONATE GOD - May 18, 2007

Next up for Stewart: “I am NOT Picard”–coming to a Barnes & Noble near you.

I watched TNG from the moment of its debut and thought Stewart was interesting as Picard…however…the puppeteers of the franchise too often pushed TNG into the New-Agey/excessive techobabble/techno-plotting instead of producing new and fascinating sci-fi drama. Rarely anything even remotely legendary as filmed sci-fi.

Personally, I will not suffer a moment of discomfort to know Picard’s era will never limp across a TV or movie screen.

68. MiguelSan - May 18, 2007

Think about it. They guy had to work with Berman and Braga for HOW many years? Poor guy. Seven years plus four movies, the last one being directed by a guy who didn’t like start trek. I would think any professional would be frustrated after such a long time of having to play a role that didnt go anywhere after a while.
Compare Picards role in the movies to Kirk.

TMP: Kirk is an admiral and takes over the new vessel
GEN: Picard is still a captain of the same vessel

TWOK: Best movie ever, kirk still an admiral. loses best friend
FC: Second best, Picard gets a new ship and uniform

STIII: Kirk destroys the enterprise, gets his best friend back
Insurrection: Picard hits on an old lady

STIV: One of the best movies. Time travel that made sense. Kirk loses admirality.
Nemesis: Picard is old and lets Deanna wreck the ship again. Oh, and data dies.

The point is not the opinion of the movies. The point is that more happened to Kirk and crew in the movies that threw it way over the top of the series than the TNG movies did. I’m not arguing the movies but I wam saying that I am sure Stewart figured it wasnt going anywhere after Insurrection. Or Nemesis.

69. Xai - May 18, 2007

I am so glad some of you have the opportunity to work out your aggressions this way. I do believe it Marina Sirtis turn again for the flogging… true? Or is it Berman’s turn again?

70. Dort Munchouser - May 18, 2007

Ah, Hollywood.
I seem to recall Leonard Nimoy stating he wouldn’t do Star Trek again….several times. At heart he may have meant it, but in reality it was nothing more than incentive for the studio to offer more money when they wanted him…worked out nicely.

I’m sure for the right price-tag and “options”, Patrick would be in the red jumpsuit again…and why not? Bully for him.

As for him dying in America…no worries. We don’t want to do in any more englishmen. We got it out of our system during the revolution. Besides, England is only a couple decades from being number 51 anyway. He may yet be slapped down by an SUV in Purley and still be in the US by then. :)

71. THEETrekMaster - May 18, 2007

What do you mean “it worked out nicely”. Nimoy hasn’t signed any contracts yet. LOL!!!

I’ll be shocked if Nimoy and Shatner are in this next film. I just don’t think it’s gonna happen…for one, they are ancient.

72. Cygnus-X1 - May 18, 2007

Patrick Stewart was the finest actor in the history of Trek. Period.

(Spiner was great, too.)

But, Stewart made the rest of the TNG cast much better than they otherwise would have been, and, he brought many more dimensions to the episodes than otherwise would have been present. And, as has been said, he did have the fantastic ability to turn crap into quality.

I can’t compare Stewart to Shat, and, if asked, I’d say that I like them both equally, as I like TOS and TNG equally, and will not compare the two.

Incidentally, in spite of the culture of ridicule that he’s gotten – and, he’s handled it with exemplary humility – Bill Shatner is actually an exceptionally good actor. The way that he sold those TOS performances was uncanny. Like Stewart, Shat could take trite dialogue and a mediocre story, draw you into it, and capture your imagination all by his hammy self. And, he’s at the top of his game on Boston Legal.

73. ZoomZoom - May 19, 2007

So, in short, Patrick got home sick? What. after the better part of 20 years? pmsl!
I like Patrick, I don’t dislike Picard (although I’m not a BIG TNG fan) but he was very well done by in the USA. He knows it, we know it. He was a nobody in the UK before TNG and wouldn’t have ever been a guest on Parkinson otherwise.

74. pietmax - May 19, 2007

Boy, there are so many cynical freakin’ people on here. Give the guy a break, all right? He’s a human being, and sometimes human beings get tired of the things they are doing and want to do something else. Its as simple as that.

What I don’t get is how people can be so cruel – does your life suck so much you have to try making the lives of others suck? Funny thing is, I doubt Patrick Stewart will ever know about any of this stuff you guys are saying, whether it really matters or not anyway, because I’m certain he doesn’t go searching the internet for “what those ol’ fans think of me”. By leaving those comments here, you just make yourself look like a jerk, and you’re not hurting anyone – so your attempts to make yourself feel better through badmouthing him are a failure.

This is true of any of the actors on here…

I think its funny that for the most part folks on here will only start “flaming” the actor/actress if they may have said something that could be taken in maybe a derogatory way. GET OVER IT.

75. ZoomZoom - May 19, 2007

Of course he can try other things- nobody is saying otherwise. But Stewart isn’t some poor Joe sweeping streets. The guy had plenty of opportunities to move on and do other things.

76. TechTrekker - May 19, 2007


I think all the negativity deserves some positive for the sake of balance. For those who like Patrick Stewart and like his work. Here is something that shows him in a positive light: (and a change of pace from the gag reels on this website)

And being a director and teacher of theatre, I tend to agree with him about the level of quality from Hollywood. I mean, after all, he is performing Shakespeare now.


77. mikeg - May 19, 2007

My first knowledge of Patrick Stewart came when he landed a role in Star Trek. I had reservations about him, the show, the cast, etc.
Patrick Stewart is who really sold me on TNG, and by the third season, I felt the entire cast had found their “legs.”
While this is not intended as a slight to any other Trek actor or actress, Patrick Stewart is, I think, one of the finest actors in the entertainment industry. Getting superior roles in Hollywood is a nearly impossible endeavor anyway, so I can totally understand his lack of enthusiasm about it. I’m sure he was taking whatever roles he could land in order to make his presence known, and if he were doing this 20-30 years ago he might be a major player. Sometimes life cooperates and sometimes it doesn’t. He shouldn’t be flogged for it…..

78. FredCFO - May 19, 2007

Don’t forget Stewart’s fine work as the maitre d’ in Steve Martin’s “LA Story”. (I did like him in the “King of Texas”, the Americanized version of “King Lear” . It inspired me to read the play.).

Alas, poor Stewart, I knew him well…

79. THEETrekMaster - May 19, 2007

I don’t see any need to trash Stewart…but if he was just tired of doing Star Trek that’s ok…that’s one thing. BUT, he was dissing Hollywood films in general…overall…

And true, it doesn’t measure up to Shakespeare…but is that really something newsworthy?

Which just leads me to ask: What was the point of his comments?


80. Mark Lynch - May 19, 2007


Perhaps I just like the word ‘whilst’… sounds nicer than while. Believe it or not it means the same thing.

81. Michael Appleton - May 19, 2007

As in “I like to while away the time whilst others are working”? No, wait, that’s something else again, isn’t it?

82. Jovan - May 19, 2007

Mr. Pascale, no offence, but I think it’s unfair to put up links to these reviews just to highlight the supposedly “negative” things that Patrick Stewart has to say about Star Trek.

83. Jovan - May 19, 2007

Sorry, I meant interviews.

84. trektacular - May 19, 2007

Stewart is at heart a Shakespearian stage actor, I think he thought that going to Hollywood was an exciting detour that he couldn’t pass up

85. trektacular - May 19, 2007

plus he legitimized the idea of being bald and being the heroic lead could work. Alas Shatner came into showbiz to early for that

86. Michael Appleton - May 19, 2007

Oh yeah, as if the Shat would ever be secure enough in himself to go without the “hair hat”. We’ll never see THAT in our lifetime!

87. Jeff - May 20, 2007

I’ve seen Stewart on stage and met him after. The man is a great actor. He likes to stretch his legs. Trek and X-men didn’t allow him to do that. What’s frustrating him is that his mate Ian McKellan still gets to do all sorts of meaty stuff, and that’s in part because he stayed in England. You don’t have to live in Hollywood to still get movie roles.

88. Jim - May 20, 2007

Re: 80

He was saying that the work that HE did in ‘Hollywood’ lacked substance.
He was not dissing ‘Hollywood’ films in general…

Although if he was dissing ‘Hollywood films in general’, I could see that he has a point…

And if he has no point in making the comment, what does it make your point on commenting on that?


89. Robert April - May 21, 2007

I know, lets wait for 15 or twenty years to make up for Nemesis and get everyone’s hopes up that Patrick Stewart will come out of retirement for a cameo for the new movie STARTREK:STARGAZER. Cast it with all new actors and…

Oh wait, that has been done

90. Robert April - May 21, 2007

Oh, and regarding #70

Berman’s (as always ;-)

91. Cafe 5 - May 21, 2007

Patrick Stewart did some remarkable work on TNG. Because the series was
a syndicated series there was no chance for an Emmy or other television
awards. A great deal of hard work went into the Star Trek incarnations with
no acknowledgement whatsoever. Stewart is right. Most of what is produced
in Hollywood is crap. Way too many studio politics and egos to contend with.
Most movie and television viewers have the attention span of a gnat. As long
as we support the production of garbage that what we’ll get. Quality is not
hard to come by and we as viewers should demand it.

92. Qweefer Bukakke - May 21, 2007

Many of Stewart’s performances in TNG were superb when he was given something to work with. But so many of the scripts were just drivel. Stewart is possibly the finest actor to work on any Trek incarnation. If it weren’t for him and Avery Brooks, I might not be a Trek fan today.

93. Michael Appleton - May 22, 2007

I know it’s all subjective but my take is that Patrick Stewart was brilliant on Next Generation and Avery Brooks was mediocre, at best, on DS9.

94. THEETrekMaster - May 23, 2007

“Oh yeah, as if the Shat would ever be secure enough in himself to go without the “hair hat”. We’ll never see THAT in our lifetime!”

LMAO!!! Should we start calling him “The Hat” instead of “The Shat”? LOL!!! :-D

95. Michael Appleton - May 23, 2007

Cat In The Hat?? Why no, it’s the Shat WITH The Hat!!! Or does SHAT stand for Synthetic Hair Atop Thespian? is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.