“You can’t revive an iconic show”

Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard in an episode of

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  • Patrick Stewart told The Late Late Show that he didn’t think he would be on Star Trek for long.

  • He said his agent told him Star Trek: The Next Generation would only last six months.

  • Instead, the series lasted seven seasons and Stewart appeared on his own spinoff show.

The “Star Trek” legend Mr Patrick Steward said he originally thought he was going to play Jean-Luc Picard for six months when he took on the role.

Stewart has played the character in numerous series and films over 35 years, beginning with the 1987 series “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

The 82-year-old actor has been playing the leading role since 2020 his own spinoff show starring a much older Picard, which has just aired its third and final season.

Stewart told The Late Late Show with James Corden on Wednesday that he would be reluctant to play “The next generation” because he had to sign a six-year contract.

“I couldn’t accept what I had taken upon myself” steward called. “I had a connection or two on TV and I was like, ‘What do you want me to do? I just found out I have to sign a six-year contract.’ There was a list of plays I had to do. Shakespeare got in line and I said, ‘I can’t do this.'”

The English actor continued: “My agent said, ‘Look, you know you can’t revive an iconic show. You can’t. It won’t work, so just come here. Do a dozen episodes, maybe less, and earn some money for it for the first time in your life and go home.’ That was the prediction for me – six months, no more.”

Appearing on The Graham Norton Show in 2020The X-Men star said he would turn down the opportunity to reprise his role on Picard because he had publicly said he would not be returning as a character.

“I was attending the meeting with four very, very respected people, and I didn’t want to just say ‘no, pass.’ I do not do this anymore. So I went to the meeting to explain to them face to face why I couldn’t do it… and then,” Stewart said, implying that they were able to convince him to change his mind.

On “The Late Late Show,” Stewart said that real-life airline captains began inviting him into the cockpit on flights after he became famous for playing a spaceship captain.

“In the beginning, I was constantly invited onto the flight deck once the plane was airborne and flying,” Stewart said. “It happened once that I was at the controls and you won’t believe it… I was on the flight deck of the Concorde, pressing the two middle buttons of the four buttons that activated the engines to supersonic.”

The British Airways Concorde is a 20th-century Franco-British supersonic aircraft.

All three seasons of Star Trek: Picard are available to stream on Paramount+.

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