Stewart: 'Nemesis' Emotionally IntenseBy Christian
October 3, 2002 - 2:02 AM
Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) said this weekend 'Star Trek Nemesis' will be the most emotionally intense TNG film since 'Generations.'
"It's terrific," Stewart told fans at Creation's TNG 15th Anniversary convention in Pasadena, California. "I was excited by it, and pleased that it seems to represent The Next Generation. In the hands of [director] Stuard Baird, it has a lot of energy. The action is outstanding [...] there are some very intense relationships. But the one thing it has, that perhaps we haven't quite had since 'Generations,' is emotion. It's emotionally a very, very intense movie, and the last half an hour is quite a roller coaster ride, I warn you. I might even suggest you bring one of those miniature packets of tissues with you."
Stewart added he felt the wait for 'Nemesis' had been worth it, and left open the possibility of future Trek movies. "If it is a farewell to Next Generation, it's a lovely farewell. If it isn't, then there is a sequel just screaming to be made." Of course, a sequel would only be possible if 'Nemesis' performed well, and Stewart indicated he was acutely aware of this. "It's a matter of [butts] in seats. We've got to have a fantastic opening weekend - Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We've got to be up there competing with 'James Bond,' 'Harry Potter' and 'Lord of the Rings.'"
Stewart was the main guest at the convention, which celebrated the fact Star Trek: The Next Generation began its television run 15 years ago. Others present at the con included TNG actors Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher) and Wil Wheaton, the latter of whom remarked on how his 'Nemesis' scene ended up on the cutting floor. "The scene was really inconsequential to the main spine of the story, and they cut it out. [...] I really wasn't that upset about being cut out of the film, because all of the really awesome, really wonderful, really positive aspects of being involved in the movie are not affected in any way by me not being in the final cut of the movie. I got to go and hang out with my surrogate family again, I got to wear the spacesuit again, I got to be part of the Star Trek family again. The check cleared. It was all good!"
More from Wheaton and Stewart, as well as comments from McFadden and James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane), can be found here on the official Star Trek site.
Meanwhile, the official site is also reporting that fans received an advance look at Trek X in a special 'Star Trek Nemesis Museum,' unveiled for the first time at the 15th Anniversary convention. The exhibit features items such as outfits worn by Shinzon and the Romulan Praetor, but also the wedding dress worn by Deanna Troi in the film's opening scene. In addition, fans visiting the exhibit could look at a selection of weapons, other hand props, and production artwork. For more on the museum, including several photos of the items on display, can be found here.