Stewart Doesn't Want Trek X To Be The LastBy Caillan
December 10, 2002 - 9:07 AM
'Star Trek Nemesis' won't be 'A Generation's Final Journey' if actor Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) has anything to say about it.
"I don't want it to be the last time," Stewart told the Chicago Sun-Times. "Honestly, I think if this movie does well, then the cast will get these calls on the Saturday of opening weekend asking us to come back for another one."
The actor, who only signed up to star in The Next Generation because he was assured it would be swiftly cancelled, said he would miss his Trek family. "Mostly, I'd miss the comradeship that has grown over 16 years of working with these people. We weren't just a crew, but really became a family."
There is some finality in 'Star Trek Nemesis,' with Commander Riker at long last accepting a promotion to captain and leaving to take charge of his own ship. When the time came for Stewart and Jonathan Frakes (William Riker) to film their farewell scene, saying goodbye to his faithful Number One proved to be difficult for the actor.
"At 7:00 in the morning we were called on set to rehearse it, just in jeans and T-shirts, and it's the usual morning on the set - coffee, and talking and joking," Stewart told IGN FilmForce. "And he comes in, and we start to play the scene. And Jonathan says to me, 'Well... It's certainly it's been an honor, Captain.'
"I... I couldn't speak. Tears sprang into my eyes at 7:00 in the morning. I was so emotional because... that moment represented the sixteen years that, you know, we had been through so much together, all of us. I find it... I find it just as emotional as others do. So, I want to see what happens to an audience. I want to see if they enjoy the humor in it, and how they respond to the somewhat uncharacteristic intensity of emotions at the end."