The X-Men actor answered questions fans posed about his new film, upcoming projects, and when he’ll team up with Sir Ian McKellen for a buddy comedy.
Below, read some of the best exchanges from the conversation, on topics ranging from who Stewart would like to collaborate with to the time a local newspaper said he was “barely adequate” in a role.
Karen Ross: Sir Patrick, can you tell us more about Match?
PATRICK STEWART: Yes, Karen. Delighted. It is the story of a late middle aged classical ballet teacher at the distinguished Julliard School in New York. He is an ex-ballet dancer coriographer [sic] and now teacher. He agrees to be interviewed by a young couple as the wife claims she is writing her discertaition [sic] about American Ballet Theater. He invites them to his apartment but very shortly discovers their reason for coming is very different form what they claimed. And from that moment, the lives of all three of the characters begin to transform dramatically. At the end of the movie all three of them are changed by the revelations that erupt in their conversations. It’s a brilliant script for what I’ve always considered an ensemble movie. Even though there are only three of us in it, the work of Matthew Lillard and Carla Gugino is outstanding and I could not have played the role the way I did without them.
Matthew Cone: Have you ever gotten stage fright? And what is your greatest fear today when performing on stage?
I have never had stage fright, Matthew. I have had nerves and I have been anxious, but never afraid of stepping out from the wings into the light because it’s there where I am most at home, most safe and secure. And I think that many other stage actors feel the same way. I have known actors who suffered seriously from stage fright. Indeed in one particular case, I watched the breakdown of this actor over several days while he was on stage. It is a terrible thing and all actors dread the possible onset of it. I’m happy to say that this actor I mentioned recovered and went on to give many brilliant stage and screen performances.
Reen Tan: Dear Sir Patrick. Who’s the actress/actor you would like to collaborate with?
I’d like to collaborate with Jennifer Lawrence. I think she’s brilliant, with a great sense of humor, and quite good looking.
Kealeen Griffin: Would you and bff Sir Ian McKellen ever consider teaming up onscreen for a buddy comedy? The world needs this to happen.
Absolutely. It’s a brilliant idea. Will you write the script for us please? Which of course will have to have approval.
Judy Hughes: Throw back to Star Trek Next Generations. If it was real life what would you program into the Holodeck?
That’s easy: me driving a Formula 1 racing car in the Monoco Grad Prix and just beating Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button by a nose (mine preferably).
Timothy Glen Frantz II: What life experiences helped to build your amazing world view/sense of humor?
Not to be solemn, but trying to put myself in other people’s shoes. I think if we do nothing else, to further human understanding, we can achieve a lot by at least doing this: Look at the world from the other person’s point of view.
Marly Keenan: What were the greatest and worst moments of your career?
You know, for a long time I have always felt that my greatest moments were now and not in the past. On the threshold of beginning filming “Blunt Talk,” a completely new experience for me playing the lead character in a half hour comedy show, I am almost sleepless at night with excitement to begin. The worst experience: when I was 15 and an amateur actor, my local newspaper wrote that, “In the role of the sun, Patrick Stewart was barely adequate.” You see, we tend to only remember the bad reviews and not the good ones.
John Torres: My question is if mutants really existed what mutant would he like to be? (Besides Professor X)
Certainly not a mutant that can read other’s thoughts. Why would you want to know other people’s thoughts? UGH. No, I would go for the mutant ability to look at a page of dialogue and memorize it instantly. I laugh as I write this because beside me here are 60 pages of script waiting to be learned.
Read the full conversation here.