Patrick Stewart Covers Time Out New York; Talks Broadway, X-MEN & More
Star of Broadway's NO MAN'S LAND and WAITING FOR GODOT, Patrick Stewart, covers this week's edition of Time Out New York. In the interview, Stewart comments on the challenges and joys of performing reparatory theater at 73, his pal and current Broadway costar Ian McKellen, his move to Brooklyn, his love of Twitter, and much more. Some of my favorite quotes are pasted below.
Why he loves Twitter: I get a great deal of satisfaction from using it for societal issues and concerns that I am involved with, but there's also been this element of playfulness, which has opened up a new avenue of communication, which I am enjoying very much indeed. My daily reading of The New York Times-about which I'm obsessed-can be so utterly discouraging about the state of the world. So to [post] a photograph of me struggling with something as simple as Christmas lights, or standing perplexed outside a French supermarket called Picard, or eating my first slice of pizza-I look on these as being a sort of antidote to some of the ghastly things in the world.
On Park Slope: My wife was living in Brooklyn, and when I came to visit her, I fell in love with the area. I feel like I belong to a community here. I remember we were walking down the street, and a couple of guys were sitting out on the stoop. And one of them, his head went up, and I thought, Oh, Lord, I don't want to be signing autographs this morning. And this guy, he said to me [in Brooklyn accent]: "Hey, Mr. Stewart, welcome to the neighborhood. Enjoy!" And that was it. I just smiled from ear to ear, and I thought, I like this place.
On X-Men: Days of Future Past: Have you had a look at the trailer? Whooo-it's going to be awesome. I can't wait to see it.... We had such a great time filming it. And of course, we were reunited with many of our original X-Men, and a whole new, wonderful group. James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender...now that would make a repertory company right there! I would love to do a season at Stratford-upon-Avon with those people.
For Stewart's entire interview, visit http://tmout.us/qMM7Y.