Patrick Stewart is known for his charming persona — he’s part of Taylor Swift’s squad, after all — but in Green Room, the 75-year-old plays a brutal neo-Nazi club owner who has no problem with all kinds of immoral behavior.
“I began reading the script just as dusk was falling,” Stewart said about the Jeremy Saulnier film (Blue Ruin) at the PEOPLE, InStyle and Entertainment Weekly’s photo studio on Saturday. “Right around page 40, I closed the script, and I got up and went around my house — because I was alone — making sure all the doors and windows were locked. Why would I do that? Then I switched on all the perimeter lights around the property. I don’t do that! The movie had undermined me and made me feel so unsafe, I knew it was without a doubt what I wanted to do next.”
Also starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and Alia Shawkat, Green Room is currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. Check out Stewart’s thoughts on the film above.
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