Stewart: Saying Goodbye Was 'Agony'

By Antony
January 3, 2003 - 10:22 PM

Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) spoke frankly this week about emotions running high on the 'Nemesis' set when the time came to say goodbye.

"I shot one of the final scenes where the entire crew is going their separate ways after 16 years together and Riker (Jonathan Frakes) says to me, 'Serving you has been an honour captain,' and I broke down crying," Stewart told The Liverpool Echo (via icLiverpool). "I felt like such a fool but my emotions overwhelmed me. Saying goodbye when we wrapped this film was agony for me."

Stewart indicated there was one thing he'd miss most if 'Nemesis' turned out to be his last TNG film. "The comradeship that has grown over all these years of working together. We're not just a crew, we've really become a family."

Stewart confirmed the emotional intensity of the film while speaking to the The Sun: "It's emotionally a very, very intense movie," he said. "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."

Also at The Sun's website are a number of video interviews that contain further insight from Stewart, as well as thoughts from Tom Hardy (Shinzon), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Data) and director Stuart Baird. You can find the interviews here. The full Liverpool Echo interview, in which Stewart talks more about the film as well as returning to theatre, can be found at this page.

Finally, if all the 'Nemesis' news is getting UK readers excited, there's two new competitions that were launched this week to promote the movie. The first is at the icLiverpool website, where Liverpudlian readers can win one of five pairs of tickets to see the movie. You can find out more by visiting here. MSN UK meanwhile is offering a chance for one lucky winner and twenty friends to win a private screening of the movie. The winner and five runners up will also receive a copy of Starfleet Command III. You can find out how to enter by visiting here.

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