Patrick Stewart at DragonCon
September 10, 2009
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Patrick Stewart was one of the guests at DragonCon this year and he hosted a Q&A session that was quite revealing on a number of topics. I’ve been a fan of Patrick Stewart since his Star Trek days so needless to say I found a lot of this fascinating.
Due to his casting as Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek The Next Generation Stewart fielded a good deal of questions about the show. He also answered questions about the franchise in general including some of the actors. When asked Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, Stewart talked about how much he respected Nimoy. As for Shatner, he paused and said, “He’s a piece of work, isn’t he?” Personally I find this quite entertaining. Seems as though the two most iconic Captains of the Enterprise might not get along so well.
Stewart thought that this summer’s reboot of Star Trek was “terrific,” but he didn’t see a future for Jean-Luc Picard in the new franchise. However,he did leave open only the possibility that he would agree to do a cameo in a sequel. Stewart was quoted as saying “I feel that I have left behind a legacy as Picard. In my head and heart, I’ve moved on.” Looks like thats the end of the line for Captain Picard.
Stewart didn’t limit himself to talking about only one franchise he was involved in. Some of the talk centered around Stewart’s possible involvement in future X-Men films. When the discussion turned to X-Men, Stewart, who had a cameo as a younger Professor Charles Xavier in this summers X-Men Origins: Wolverine, said that from what he had heard, we have probably not seen the last of Professor Xavier. He mentioned he recently co-starred in a production of “Waiting for Godot” with Ian McKellen and the two agreed that they would like continue exploring the relationship between Xavier and Magneto.