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Patrick Stewart Anecdote

Having written yesterday's blog entry, I'm reminded of a conversation from around 1994.

Star Trek: The Next Generation was, I believe, just finishing its television run, and Patrick Stewart's stock was high. Personally, I felt that the show had been a great success, and that having such a talented actor as its core had been the key.

Two colleagues of mine and I were in the UK for business meetings. While there, we were invited to dinner at home of acquaintances (who shall remain nameless) of one of my colleagues. The dinner was good and the conversation was absolutely delightful. While talking, it came out that one of our hosts had been a fellow actor of Stewart's in the Royal Shakespeare Company, and so knew him reasonably well. I couldn't resist asking:

Me: In real life, is Patrick Stewart like the character he plays on Star Trek?

Host: I don't know. I'm embarrassed to say I've never watched the show. What is his character like?

Me: Highly intelligent, a strong sense of ethics, quite stoic.

Host: I'd say he's been horribly miscast.

I still laugh over that one. I've never met Stewart, so I have no way to judge my host's opinion... but it was a great line!

(Incidentally, this person also knew Siddig El-Fadil (now Alexander Siddig, played Dr. Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and had nothing but wonderful things to say about him.)


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