Stewart On The Joys Of Off-Road VehiclesBy Caillan
December 8, 2002 - 10:17 AM
Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) had a ball shooting the jeep scenes in 'Star Trek Nemesis,' much to the chagrin of his passengers, Brent Spiner (Data) and Michael Dorn (Worf).
"When they finally said 'That's a wrap' on the vehicle I was so disappointed because it was truly interesting to drive, and quite exciting," Stewart said in a video interview with Entertainment Tonight Online. "I can't say that my two colleagues, Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn, had the same feelings about it. In fact, I know Dorn hated it. He was sitting in the back, he was sitting right over the back axle just being bounced and tossed around all the time. I could hear him muttering and cursing away in the background."
Spiner became rather intimate with the local flora as a result of Stewart's driving. "Brent also, on the other hand, seemed to be continually complaining that whenever I had to go through bushes or scrub or trees with low-lying branches that they were always on his side of the vehicle. So he was the one that was getting hit, and I said, 'You're an android, you don't feel these things'."
Given the chance to let his hair down on camera, Stewart threw himself into the off-road vehicle scenes, even taking racing lessons to improve his technique. "We did have one sequence of just driving very, very fast, with a camera truck running parallel to us with a camera on it - that was thrilling. And a little bit of maneuvering, you know, and I did get to do one of those 180 degree spins - and it was fun. I'd been taking some racing driving lessons at the same time so that was all being incorporated into this."
The clip is available for download here at ET Online.