Patrick Stewart refused to return for Star Trek: Picard unless these two conditions were met
Stewart, who is reprising his role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the spin-off, told The Graham Norton Show that agreeing to return to the Star Trek franchise was "a big deal" – especially after declaring publicly that he was "done" with it all.
"Star Trek was wonderful, and it changed my life and my career, but I have said it all and there is nothing more to say," Sir Patrick explained. "[But] I didn't just want to say, 'No. Pass,' so I went to the meeting to explain to them face-to-face why I couldn't do it.
"And then they made me an offer I couldn't refuse!"
As it turns out, there are two things Stewart would've refused – no matter how integral they were to The Next Generation. "No uniform and no Enterprise," he said of his conditions.
"They said they could live with that and they have made a huge commitment to the series. We hope it is amazing."
"Tonally, it's a little bit of a hybrid – it's slower, more gentle, more lyrical. It is certainly more character-based."
Sir Patrick Stewart will appear on tonight's (January 17) Graham Norton Show along with Michael B Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Saunders, and Michael Kiwanuka at 10.35pm on BBC One.
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