Sir Patrick Stewart was The Academy‘s annual Scientific and Technical Awards masters of ceremony several days ago and the actor revealed that technology wasn’t his strong point.
“I have to tell you, I wouldn’t know the difference between a warp-core breach and a space-time continuum if they got into bed with me,” he joked.
During his dinner, he was “questioned about the differences in resolution between Galaxy-class viewscreens and Constitution-class viewscreens. I simply answered, politely, I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about,” he said.
At one point during the evening, there was a technical issue with the auto cue. “It’s ironic to have a technical problem in a room full of technicians and scientists,” he said. “Many of you could probably easily fix the problem, but we’re back up and running.”
Stewart may not be technically inclined, but he knows his Shakespeare. When Jonathan Erland received the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, “which recognizes extraordinary technological contributions to the film industry,” Erland said that “art and science are bonded together.”
“It occurred to me that another Englishman wrote something once which is perhaps appropriate for this event,” said Stewart. “He didn’t know it would be, of course, because he lived four hundred years ago.”
Quoting Shakespeare, Stewart said, “if we shadows have offended, think but this, and all is mended — That you have but slumbered here while these visions did appear.” [A Midsummer Night’s Dream]