Trivia / Patrick Stewart

  • Acting for Two: More like Acting for Fifty. He put on a one-man stage production of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, in which he played every character.
  • He Also Did: The voice of the Great Prince in Bambi II.
  • Money, Dear Boy:
    • His role in Wild Geese 2. He urgently needed money for an expensive home repair job and that was the first role he was offered upon receiving the bill from the repairman.
    • His primary motivation for taking on the role of Picard. He wasn't particularly enthused about TNG, at first, and thought the show would be quickly canceled so he took the role thinking that he'd be able to make some cash before going back to theatre roles in Britainnote . To his surprise, the show was a success and he began to realize the impact Star Trek and its characters had on people, leading him to become one of Star Trek's most vocal advocates.
  • One of Us: He is a classically trained Shakespearean actor who is also a big fan of Beavis And Butthead, Red Dwarf, and Transmetropolitan.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • His flaming Camp Gay turn as an interior decorator in Jeffrey.
    • His role as Bullock on American Dad!, the writers even specifically said they try to make Patrick do as much silly things as then can with him in the show.
  • Promoted Fanboy: On the 10th anniversary night for Red Dwarf, he gave the opening introduction while delivering the Rimmer salute.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Personifies this trope so completely that it's been called his greatest strengths as an actor: he can deliver bad dialogue with utter conviction. Sometimes this allows him to elevate the material above what it could have been otherwise, but not always.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • He's a big fan of Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan (he even wrote an introduction for volume 5) and at one point was being considered for the role of Spider Jerusalem in a movie adaptation. When that fell straight into Development Hell, Ellis instead cast him as the father of one of Spider's Filthy Assistants.
    • His personal interference prevented Star Trek: First Contact from being a Time Travel farce about Captain Picard impersonating the injured inventor of the warp drive.
    • He was up for the role of Jafar in Disney's Aladdin, but couldn't fit it into his schedule (since he was filming TNG at the time). He considers not voicing Jafar one of his biggest career regrets.
    • After Vincent Price became too sick to play Santa Claus in The Nightmare Before Christmas, Stewart was the first choice to replace him, though he ended up not having time to record his lines. He still provides the opening narration on the soundtrack, as well as a scrapped closing speech, in character as Santa.
    • He was a candidate for Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin.
    • His role as Jean-Luc Picard was originally offered to Edward James Olmos. Olmos did get a starship to command, but a lot later.
    • He was considered for the role in Community that went to Chevy Chase.
    • He has always lamented the fact that he was never tapped for a role in the Harry Potter movies.
    • He was considered for the roles of Goliath, Macbeth, and King Arthur on Gargoyles.
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