‘Star Trek: Picard’: Patrick Stewart Was Shocked to Learn This About Jean-Luc Picard

by Jeremy Spirogis
Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard features the long-awaited return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). Stewart played the role on seven months of Star Trek: The Next Generation and four flicks. However, going back to the part introduced newer and more effective unexpected situations also for him. 

Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Picard
Sir Patrick Stewart | Matt Kennedy/CBS

Stewart and Star Trek: Picard executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin spoke with reporters of this Television Critics Association on Sunday, January 12. They revealed a thing that surprised even Patrick Stewart. Star Trek: Picard premiers January 23 on CBS All Access.

Patrick Stewart virtually became Jean-Luc Picard on ‘Star Trek’

Patrick Stewart could identify the minute on Star Trek: The Next Generation that Jean-Luc Picard became their change pride.

“So far as the character’s concerned, halfway through Season 3 of Next Generation, we not any longer understood where Jean-Luc began and Patrick Stewart remaining down,” Stewart stated. “We became melded, and has never left me.”

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(l-r): Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes | Trae Patton/CBS

Jean-Luc Picard arrived back whenever Stewart started functioning on Star Trek: Picard.

“So there was clearly really absolutely nothing that odd becoming going into Star Trek: Picard, because he’s never actually left myself,” Stewart stated. “He has always been there, and it’s a relationship that I am happy to continue with. That’s an understatement. I’m absolutely thrilled to continue.”

Patrick Stewart never ever believed he’d see Jean-Luc Picard again

The last Next Generation film was 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. When Paramount decided never to make another movie along with his staff, Patrick Stewart truly believed he previously to express good-bye to Jean-Luc Picard.

“I was proud of the work we did on the seven years on the series and the four movies that we made,” Stewart stated. “The last one maybe had less impact than the others, and that brought the franchise to a close. I was very content with that because I felt, as I’ve said, very proud of the work we had done.”

How Jean-Luc Picard differs from the others in ‘Star Trek: Picard’

Star Trek: Picard is however an action-packed program, but Jean-Luc isn’t the guy he had been at the conclusion of Nemesis. Stewart previously explored an aged variation of their personality in Logan.

Logan was a huge point of reference,” Kadin stated. “Obviously that movie is very dark. This isn’t that but it’s 20 years later. How do we all feel 20 years later? If you don’t show that, you’re not being authentic to that character.”

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Sir Patrick Stewart | Trae Patton/CBS

Kurtzman revealed Jean-Luc Picard is ten years avove the age of Patrick Stewart.

“We talked about it when we were designing that action sequences. We were like if he’s running around, people are going to call bullsh*t on us really fast. He’s 92 in Starfleet years. We have to be accurate and honest with what that is. I think people would have just felt like it was fake. How many opportunities do you get to tell of somebody in their emeritus years, a 92-year-old? How many 92-year-old leads of television shows are there out there? That’s a real opportunity.”

Alex Kurtzman, Star Trek: Picard roundtable, 1/12/2020

Patrick Stewart is surprised that Jean-Luc Picard is 92

Patrick Stewart is just 79. He’ll change 80 on July 13, 2020. It’s very a shock to get away he’s been playing 13 years older this whole time. It ended up being very a shock to find out that Picard was 13 years older than him this entire time.

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Sir Patrick Stewart | Trae Patton/CBS

“I didn’t know this 92 thing,” Stewart stated. “I only learned this a few weeks ago. It’s news to me that all the time I was appearing, I was so old. I just thought I was my own age and I always played it as my own age. That’s what I am continuing to do. I feel very blessed that I’m in my 80th year and still being able to do this kind of work and being active. I hope it continues but I’m very grateful for the work that I am given to do.”

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