Back in February we reported that Patrick Stewart (TNG’s Capt. Picard) had to ask fans not to come to his plays dressed in Starfleet uniforms. In a new interview with Newsweek, however, the actor gets a bit testy (much like Simon Pegg did recently) and shows his love for Trekkies, assuring that we are not, as Newsweek calls us, “weird.” He still doesn’t like those damn uniforms, though.
The line must be drawn HERE!
Newsweek asked Stewart if he was worried about “weird Trekkie fans” attending his plays, which Stewart found to be “just a silly thing to say.” At Newsweek’s insistence that Trekkies are, in fact, “weird,” Stewart refuted, stating:
How many do you know personally? You couldn’t be more wrong. Here’s the thing: if you say the fans are weird, that means there is something essentially weird about the show, and there is nothing weird about it. I’m very passionate when people like you snigger.
Take that, Newsweek!
About those jumpsuits…
One thing Stewart couldn’t bring himself to defend, however, were the uniforms he had to wear during TNG’s first season.
I came to loathe it. We actually got rid of it after the second season thanks to my chiropractor, who said if they don’t take you out of that costume we are going to slap a lawsuit on Paramount for the lasting damage done to your spine.
And how, exactly, does it damage your spine?
They were made from Lycra and one size too small. The producers wanted to have a smooth, unwrinkled look. It put a terrible amount of strain on the shoulders, neck and back.
Thanks, Patrick! Totally did not know that. :)
This thing is killing me
In other (a bit belated) Stewart news: On March 10th Stewart was honored with the 2008 Sir John Gielgud Award by the The Shakespeare Guild and The National Arts Club in New York City. Here are some pics of the event, including Patrick with some of his former Trek co-stars.
Stewart: I Won!
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan) and Stewart
F. Murray Abraham (INS: Ru’afu) and Stewart,
along with Catherine Moelering (CEO, Best & Co.)
Photos from WireImage