Patrick Stewart talks about the return of Jean-Luc Picard


– We should have done
this a long time ago. ETHAN ALTER: You’re going
be playing Picard again in a new “Star Trek”
series, which is we’re all excited about I think. I remember the next
generation finale. We got to see an older
Picard in that series. What’s it like for visiting
the future of a character that you’ve played a
version of once before. PATRICK STEWART:
It’s fascinating. I remember vividly those scenes. And the episode was
called All Good Things. And I grew a beard, and
they made me up old. I looked older than
18 years ago than– I don’t think I’m saying
too much– than I will in the upcoming series
[INAUDIBLE] this. Jean-Luc Picard and Patrick
Stewart are the same age. So I have little to worry
about in that sense. But it was a difficult decision
because although I love being Picard and working on
that series for seven years was a great experience
with a wonderful cast and production team. I mean, there’ve been so
many proposals of we’d like to have you in your uniform
in the show, comedy shows and all that kind of thing. And I’ve always said
no, no, no, I’m done. I’m done. And I agreed to a
meeting with the people who were going to produce this
new version of “Star Trek” only because I
wanted to seriously and respectfully
explain to them why I was turning the project down. But in that first meeting, which
maybe lasted an hour and a half or so, I heard just
enough to realize this was something very unusual. And I was intrigued. And I said listen, would you ask
them to put something on paper? The different story
ideas were coming up so that I could
really have time to talk about and study
what they want to do. Well, they did. And I think I’ve
got about 16 pages. To say I was hooked
wouldn’t be quite true. But I was extremely interested. But I wanted to– I still wanted to know more. What I was afraid of was in some
way, this is going to be jokey. And I don’t want to do that. I respect the work we
did on Next Generation, and also it changed
my life in every way. I said, you know what? I think I’m up for this. But I asked a lot of questions. And the answers were
all very satisfying. And I was struck by how clever
these people were I was talking to, who could tell a
narrative very well and seemed to be tuned into what
an actor might need to hear. So I signed on. I’ve been in the writers room
for a total of three weeks in the last couple of months. The work that’s being done
there is extraordinary. I basically I just
sit and listen. I mean, these clever guys ideas
going backwards and forwards like what if, what if,
what if, what if, nah, that wouldn’t work,
what if, what if. And what we have
coming up is exciting. It’s exciting for me because
it excites me as an actor. Oh, the story is great. And I could be so
careful what I say or they’ll skin me alive
if I say the wrong things. But it has– it references
the present day at times, and that’s all I can say really. I’m not saying, but in the
present day, we’re not. We’re not. But the world that we
find Jean-Luc Picard in is not quite the world
that we left him in.

16 comments

  1. Probably fixing the timeline back to canon by dealing with seventh red burst thing since it's linked to multi hippie Spock so that we will have clean a 25th century timeline with The Orville 😡

  2. Really looking forward to seeing Star Trek explore their FUTURE for a change. I am a little pessimistic with the comments I've heard about Picard being "done" with Starfleet, but I'm also cautiously optimistic because I don't think Patrick would sign on for this if it had any chance of being crap

  3. Thank you Ethan–Yahoo Ent. this has been the most straight forward update about the return that I've found because you took the time to get it "from the horse's mouth" I'm looking forward t it very much for the new chapter, I'm only hesistant that it will be too far of a jump like this most recent star trek series, that I won't be able to reasonably have the connection and want to never miss an episode like we all did for the original, next generation, voyager, and so on… I really do hope that producers, and writers are mindful that just because the Star trek nation is loyal, we won't watch just anything.

  4. Klingon's have taken over planet earth and Picard is leading the resistance to free earth from the Klingon empire.

  5. I hope this show isn’t too hard-nosed in how it references modern politics but like TNG can take a few more steps higher up the philosophical ladder and really talk about the big ideas that are above politics.

  6. I really from the botton of my heart want this to be an awesome Star Trek experience because I am one of the people that was touched by all Star Trek.

  7. i just want a evil Jean-Luc Picard… wrestling with his emotions… trying to go back in time and change events…

  8. Bravo Zulu ST! You’ve done what couldn’t be accomplished in a galaxy so far away. The pressure is on now, you will all be in my prayers. Please rest and be healthy in the process of spreading so much happiness to so many. *1975 Star Trek Convention attendee.

  9. I just found out that Patrick Stewart wasn't the first choice to play Picard. The role was first offered to Edward James Olmos who played Gaff in the original Blade Runner.

  10. STP is going to ruin Picard and the legacy of TNG, just like STD did with TOS. Alex Kurtzman is incapable of doing justice to Roddenberry

  11. This will be a chance for Patrick Stewart and his liberal luvvy friends to vent their collective frustrations about Trump, Brexit and Populism.

    Actors should stay out of politics, they live in a tiny Hollywood bubble, they are so far removed from the common man on the streets. Patrick Stewart has criticized Brexit before, but he hasn't even lived in the UK for the past thirty years has he.

    Star Trek has always been politically motivated but in the past it was justified, this will bomb hard with trekkies and ordinary viewers. guaranteed.

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