Sir Ian McKellen warned Sir Patrick Stewart not to do Star Trek as it would ruin his career
Sir Patrick Stewart has told how Sir Ian McKellen warned him not to do Star Trek because it would ruin his career.
Sir Patrick attended the premiere for Star Trek: Picard on Wednesday night where he reprised his iconic TV role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who previously appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Speaking alongside his Picard castmates on This Morning Patrick revealed that his pal once tried to stop him from taking part in the hit movie.
‘Right at the very start one of your good friends tried to talk you out of it? quizzed host Phillip Schofield.
‘It became very public knowledge at the premiere last night, It was Ian McKellen and he was in Los Angeles at the time and I told him I had been offered this role in this series and he seriously warned me not to take the job because it wouldn’t be good for my career,’ he responded.
‘I was doing quite well in London in the theatre and I shouldn’t abandon myself to this.’
‘He has since admitted that he might have been wrong,’ he added.
It seems all is forgiven as the duo packed on the PDA when they met up at the premiere of Sir Patrick’s new movie.
The famously close actors posed together on the white carpet at the launch in London.
Sir Ian made it a memorable moment by getting down on one knee to jokingly propose to his pal.
The X-Men star clearly said ‘yes’ as they gave each other a peck on the lips.
Patrick, 79, looked dapper in an all-black suit which he teamed with black shoes and black glasses.
Sir Ian, 80, was dressed for the January weather in a grey hat with a long checked coat over a dark suit with a blue, patterned scarf.
According to executive producer Alex Kurtzman, Sir Patrick didn’t take his return to the role lightly, and wanted to make sure the new series was worthy of the character’s legacy.
Kurtzman told TrekCore: ‘You know, we feel a tremendous responsibility to the fans who have loved [the Picard character], and Patrick himself, who took a massive leap of faith with us in choosing to come back and play Picard [after] he said he was done forever.
‘He also said, “I want to make sure if I come back, if you loved The Next Generation, you’ll feel we’re honouring it, but this is a very different experience.” This is a very different experience.
‘It looks incredibly different, the kind of storytelling is different, but if you’re someone who’s never watched it at all, it’s been built for you to come into it and get to be dropped into this very emotional story about this captain who’s in the late stage of his life and is dealing with the sum total of all of his choices.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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