Sir Patrick Stewart appeared on Late Night with David Letterman last night where the topics of discussion were fame, and the Olympics.
Stewart joked about his fame, saying that “from here up” (pointing to his bald head), he was very recognizable.
“Which is why the most important piece of clothing I have is my hats, or caps.”
On a more serious note, Stewart also spoke about taking part in the 2012 London Olympics torch relay, which was much harder than he expected it to be.
“I was asked to do this,” he said. “It was the first day the torch came to London. I’d had about six weeks’ warning, so I went into training. I had a half hour of flat, quiet country road near my house (in England) and I would go up and down it. I thought, ‘If I can do half a mile…’, and I made myself a kind of imitation torch. It wasn’t heavy enough and I would pound up and down the country lane.
“We got to the morning… (and) they (organizers) dropped me off at the bottom of the hill… It was horrible because I hadn’t trained for a hill! I was so upset and angry and thought I might die, but I was determined (that) if I died, I would throw that damn torch at somebody before I went down! (It was) very heavy.”
But Stewart was glad to been part of the relay. “As a one-time athlete and a fanatic about the Olympics, to be carrying the Olympic torch, if only for a quarter of a mile, was great,” he said.