Even though he plays iconic sci-fi characters in Star Trek and Marvel movies, Star Trek‘s best actor of all time, Patrick Stewart, doesn’t consider himself much of a fan of the best sci-fi series and movies.
He cemented himself as one of our favorite Star Trek captains well before Picard came to Paramount Plus, but the X-Men star’s talent means he can immerse himself in any genre, even if it doesn’t fit with his interests.
And in a 1994 interview with take2markTV for Star Trek: Generations, Stewart explained his position. You can watch the interview below.
Stewart said, “By choice, science-fiction plays no part in my life at all. I don’t have a particular interest in it. And yet, there has been this repetition of science-fiction, and fantasy [in my career], of course, because I was in Excalibur too.”
If your ears have perked up like a Vulcan, don’t worry, ours have too. It’s certainly curious to hear that a man so crucial to the genre doesn’t often paddle in its cosmic waters outside of his professional ties to it. This reflects Stewart’s history as a stage actor, and his Shakespearean background which he put to good use throughout TNG despite his lack of interest in sci-fi.
Young movie fans these days may be more concerned with the Dune 2 release date than an odd relic from one of the best directors of all time, known for his strange and cerebral approach, but he wasn’t wrong, we’re still mentioning it.