Last night PBS aired the Great Performances film of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, featuring Sir Patrick Stewart and David Tennant. You can now watch the entire film online, and we have that embedded below. But first, there is a new interview with Stewart where he discusses the connection of Star Trek, Shakespeare, and William Shatner. Stewart also discusses his favorite episode of TNG.
Stewart on Shakespeare/Sci-fi Shatner & ‘The Inner Light’
Here is an excerpt from an interview with Stewart at bullz-eye.com
Bullz-Eye: Since you’ve brought up David Tennant, you touched on this earlier when discussing the sci-fi similarities, but what do you think it is about Shakespeare and sci-fi actors? I mean, there’s you, David, Ian’s obviously done his share, and Brian Blessed, a longtime friend of yours, I remember from “Flash Gordon.”
Stewart: And don’t let’s forget William Shatner.
Bullz-Eye: Heaven forbid.
Stewart: Bill worked at Stratford, Ontario. He’s a classical Shakespearean actor. I think that the experience that we get in making a 400-year-old text work is exactly what you need for giving credibility and believability to fantasy, science fiction, and the like. I think that’s why I was so good at it! And in Bryan Singer’s “X-Men,” there are a lot of stage actors in there as well.
Stewart also discussed "The Inner Light" which he said was his favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and noting:
Stewart: It was a spec script, you know. That’s something that not many people know: it was a spec script. One of the tiny few that actually got made. And, of course, my son was in it, and it was the first time I’d ever worked professionally with my son, so that’s another reason why it’s special to me. There are other stories about that episode, but… (Grins conspiratorially) …I’ll have to save them for my biography, as I’ll probably be sued when they come out.
Stewart with his son Daniel in "The Inner Light"
Sir Patrick in Hamlet on PBS
PBS aired Hamlet, starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart last night. The entire film is now available online at http://pbs.org/gperf, and embedded below.