Stewart: I've Left 'Star Trek' Behind

By Caillan
June 17, 2003 - 4:38 AM

Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) yesterday reiterated he will never again return to the franchise which made him a household name, in part due to the less-than-enthusiastic reception for Star Trek Nemesis.

"I have totally left Star Trek behind," Stewart told CBS 47 in Jacksonville. "It finished when our last movie, Nemesis, was not as successful as we'd all hoped." Prior to the film's release, Stewart had said that there could be further Next Generation outings if Nemesis was successful (story).

The actor, who is currently appearing on stage in The Master Builder in London's West End, said the film's poor box office performance left those involved slightly stunned. "I think we're a little disappointed, we're a trifle bitter, because there are a group of us who think it's the best of the Star Trek films."

Stewart emphasised that he was always prepared to bid adieu to Trek one day, but had hoped the Next Generation team would go out with a bang. "I'm sad that it ended with a whimper, especially with a script that was extremely thoughtful, with such good performances all round."

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