If I were him I would have been insulted twice over. Here he is just trying to make a decent living doing what he loves, and God knows he's good at...acting. He's been nominated for a Tony and the poor guy still has to deal with the Trek questions.
But I think he's professional enough to accept that it will forever go with the territory and, yes, he acknowledges that it gave him greater fame than he could ever have acheived otherwise. And he's proud of his work there, and still can't understand why Nemesis
flopped. He's great friends with the other TNG actors and lived a lifestyle he may never have lived otherwise. Also, he's no snob and will happily do popular stuff like the X-Men
along with the highbrow stuff. He's like Ian McKellern in that respect ~ both excellent thespians that have reason to be snobbish but somehow are too cultured to be culture-snobs.
Stewart is a man of discretion. After he got divorced from Wendy Neuss, he dated a very
much younger woman (they were both in The Master Builder
which I saw), and instead of boasting and flouting the fact, he kept shtumm and behaved with far greater dignity than certain politicians I know of.
Gostin could have saved her own face by just taking the high road and asking him questions about his play...but no, she had to bring up the Trek stuff. Fine. If you have bring up the Trek stuff do so - but why in this fashion? The more appropriate and frankly more interesting question would have been something more akin to ... "Do you find that many of your fans from Trek attend your plays simply because you portrayed Picard?", etc. Something relevant to his play in the here and now.
He's been asked that before and his response has been that if people go to see Shakespeare because of him then he's happy to be the cause of more people watching Shakespeare. He said that he thought that Shakespeare would approve ~ and I think he would!
But like I have uttered elsewhere, her simple dropping of the phrase "But they are weird" wasn't a question. It was a statement of her opinion that she sought his confirmation of. Then she cheesily headlined the article with "Stewart likes his Trekkies." Like somehow that's a bad thing. She insulted him for supporting us!
What a schlock. Not a very good way to sell magazines if you ask me. &^%$@) Newsweek. They lost me. They can't hire decent writers, why should I even bother to read them? Fools.
Yeah, interviewers aren't supposed to litter an interview with their own opinions. The reader is more interested in finding out what the interviewee thinks, and she certainly found out this time!
Edited by JulesLuvsShinzon, 06 April 2008 - 04:20 AM.