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Stewart On 'Nemesis' Script Involvement

By Lisa
February 6, 2002 - 5:02 AM

Patrick Stewart (Jean Luc Picard) took time out from filming 'Star Trek X: Nemesis' recently to talk about the level of involvement he had on the movie behind the cameras.

"I do not have a formal title with this film as I did with the last two," he told Dreamwatch Magazine (via TrekWeb). "Where from the very beginning I was terrifically active indeed with the developments - the writing, the scripts, the director and casting."

The actor spoke about how Gladiator scribe John Logan got involved with the project. "Though the Executive Producer at Paramount had to approve him, as it happens John Logan is really on board because he's a friend of Brent Spiner's and Brent knew he was a huge Star Trek fan," he explained.

"We'd sit in meetings and I'd say 'Well, we can't do that because we did it in...' and he'd know the episode title already. In their own time and unpaid, Brent and John had already begun developing the story. So Brent stayed on board and I was very happy for him to assume the role that I'd had [in the previous films]. I think he will probably have a joint story credit on this movie because he was right in there from the beginning."

That doesn't mean Stewart had no input at all into the direction of the movie. "But I'd continued, from the moment we had a story, to give input," Stewart said. "John wanted that input. He said he wanted to hear my voice, so that he knew what Picard would say. Hmmm, maybe I should get a writing credit after all."

More from Stewart, including his thoughts about Enterprise can be found in the latest issue of Dreamwatch magazine out now in the UK. Alternatively, extracts have been provided here at TrekWeb.

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