Patrick Stewart Talks 'X-Men 2'By Lisa
May 19, 2002 - 11:13 PM
Patrick Stewart (Jean Luc Picard) recently spoke about his next big project - making a new 'X-Men' movie.
"The script for 'X-Men 2' is very different in tone from the first one, which in any case I always felt was just an extended trailer," Stewart told SFX Magazine. "It was sort of 'This is who the X-Men are, this is the kind of thing that they do, and that's all we can tell you for now.' It was an establishing movie."
"I'm happy to say that this screenplay now assumes that everyone knows what's going on, and who we are," he continued. "There has to be a little bit of 'This is what the X-Men believe in, this is what the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants believe in', but it's minimal, and the script is almost entirely given over to plot and character and growth and development.
"I suppose Fox think they might have got their hands on their very own Star Trek, which is a curiosity for me, given that one is apparently winding down while the other one is just starting up."
Stewart went on to explain that there has been some confusion over his two roles. "Well there was a comic book which was the Next Generation meets the X-Men," he laughed. "And they wanted to put me on the cover. This was right at the beginning of my involvement in the 'X-Men' film, and I was able to use some influence to say 'I think it would be best if you didn't do that', because I knew there was a chance I might end up playing both parts. The curiosity is that now we will have Star Trek X, of course, which only adds to the confusion."
"Only the other day, someone came up to me at Long Beach and said 'I love your work, everything you do, but I especially love you in 'Star Wars' and 'X-Files!'' It's remarks like that which really put the whole thing into perspective," he reflected.
More from Patrick Stewart, including comments about 'Nemesis' and early work on the Next Generation can be found in issue 92 of SFX Magazine, on sale now in the UK.