After finishing Star Trek: The Next Generation, Sir Patrick Stewart found it difficult to find work initially.
Being typecast “really hurt,” said Stewart. ““And soon after that I left Hollywood. And then the Royal Shakespeare Company came to my rescue and offered me two roles, Prospero in The Tempest and Antony in Antony and Cleopatra, and that season turned the whole tide around. Almost overnight I suddenly found myself a leading actor in the company.”
When the role of Professor X came up in X-Men, Stewart was a bit hesitant to take on the role initially. “I was reluctant because the Star Trek movies were over and I was already beginning to experience a negative aspect of them,” he said. “Close identification, partly through the television series, with one character can discourage directors or producers from wanting to employ you in other means, because the identification’s so strong.”
Fortunately for Stewart, the roles kept on coming and he has gone on to have busy career. Stewart can be seen next in Wilde Wedding, and The Emoji Movie.
Source: Flickering Myth