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Patrick Stewart Praises NEMESIS, X-MEN
2 and ENTERPRISE
Posted: 20:42:21 on July 22 2002
Dept: Star Trek: Nemesis
The latest issue of DreamWatch magazine,
just out in the UK, features an exclusive interview
with TNG star Patrick Stewart. Here are some excerpts
"I think it's possible that
there might be more to anticipate and to be excited
about with NEMESIS than with any of our previous movies,
including everybody's favorite, FIRST CONTACT,"
says Stewart about the upcoming TNG movie. "I
think we've got the mix right, in terms of a strong
"There are two storylines running
side by side, interconnecting at different times,"
he continues. "We have a very strong action base
as well for this, which means that the dialogue scenes
are broken up with really quite effective sequences
of action. It has romance in it - in fact, it's probably
the sexiest movie we've done in some respects, although
unfortunately none of this involves me. It has a psychological
aspect to it too, which is interesting and potent.
And there are surprises - the kind of surprises that,
while we were shooting it, we were licking our chops
with glee at the thought of these things that were
going to surprise people."
"It's also a very emotional
film. I think even those who are not die-hard fans
and don't know all of the history of the Next Gen
will find it quite intense. I think it's more emotional
than anything we've done on the big screen before.
And because we have both a director and a writer who
are non-Star Trek people for the first time, I think
there is a fresh perspective on it. John Logan is
one of the best writers working in Hollywood today,
and also happens to be a Star Trek fan - a big Star
Trek fan. And of course Stuart Baird is a very distinguised
editor and action director."
"So I think there's a lot to
look foward to," promises Stewart. "And
it starts right at the beginning; a couple of minutes
into the film, we've got lots of stuff happening."
There have been a lot of rumors about
this being the last TNG movie, but Stewart makes it
clear that he has heard nothing official from the
"If think it all comes down
to economics," he muses. "If this movie
does well - and I think it has a good chance of doing
well - we may be putting on our space suits again
in a couple of years."
"It could go either way really.
There's excellent closure for everybody in this film.
But there's also a wide open opportunity just inviting
a sequel as well. [...] With me now, it's entirely
come down to project by project. If we can have a
script as we have with NEMESIS which is original,
fresh and isn't simply reheating stuff we've seen
before, I would be very happy to continue with it."
Stewart's next project is X-MEN 2
[aka X2] in which he returns to the role of mutant
leader Professor Charles Xavier.
"The story [of X2] goes in a
direction that I thought was quite unexpected, which
is always a good thing," says Stewart of the
sequel. "It involves my character a good deal
more than the other movie did. Unlike the first X-Men
where he was just out of the movie for a big chunk
of time, he is consistently active. I think it's looking
Stewart won't entirely rule out a
guest appearance in the new series ENTERPRISE ("Hey,
this is Star Trek - anything can happen") and
admits that he is interested in directing an episode
of the show.
"I wish ENTERPRISE really well,"
he states. "They're a terrific cast. Scott Bakula
[Captain Archer] is a wonderful actor and has proved
to be a good colleague, because they were filming
at Paramount all the time we were doing NEMESIS."
"No one else may know this"
adds Stewart "but my chair was stolen from the
bridge. It was a $20,000 chair. Scott had a replacement
made for me which was a kind of rickety old wooden
chair on wheels."