Patrick Stewart is currently having his second go in life as a Shakespearean actor on the London stage. His current performances of Macbeth are getting him rave reviews. In a new interview with the London Times, TNG’s Picard talks about how he never expected the job commanding the starship Enterprise he took in 1987 to become such a big part of his life and his career:
It came to a point where I had no idea where Picard began and I ended. We completely overlapped. His voice became my voice, and there were other elements of him that became me
The Times states that Stewart became ‘unbankable’ in Hollywood, with the exception of being Picard or the similar Professor Xavier . Stewart notes “I don’t have a film career, I have a franchise career.” But Stewart still embraces his time on Trek:
I’m very proud of the series. I think we did really good work. Every now and then we did absolute crap, but it was 178 episodes. We really fought to keep the standards high – the script, the language, the story lines, everything. We also acquired an astonishing number of eminent fans: several secretaries of state, chiefs of staff, chancellors of universities. Frank Sinatra never missed a show, and Tom Hanks knows the name of every episode
Stewart is now concentrating on his stage work. In the interview he talks about what other Shakespeare roles he still feels the need to do. Click here for the full interview.
In other Stewart news, the actor repeated his desire to appear in Britain’s premiere sci-fi show. Stewart tells Contact Music:
I would love to be in Doctor Who. I am doing some RSC work with David Tennant next year so who knows? If we gel on stage we could on screen.
Although it is still not certain if Stewart will appear on the venerable BBC series, he is certain to show up on the tube in the coming months. Gamespot reports that Stewart is one of the celebrities (along with Nicole Kidman, Zoe Ball and others) who will be appearing in the holiday campaign for Nintendo UK.