Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Star Trek's Patrick Stewart and Kate Mulgrew Speak at Dragon*Con 2009

Interesting tidbits about Patrick Stewart and Kate Mulgrew have appeared from the Dragon*Con convention on Daily Dragon Online.

Daily Dragon reports that Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard on The Next Generation, had interesting things to say about his friend and colleague Jonathan Frakes:

One of Stewart’s fondest memories is of Frakes’s first chance to direct an episode of TNG. He said that Frakes was “confident right from the start.” Stewart felt proud to have witnessed the beginning of a wonderful directorial career.

It seems that Patrick Stewart feels that there will be no more Captain Jean-Luc Picard for him. During a comment about a possible cameo in JJ Abram’s movie he said: ''I feel I have left behind a legacy as Jean-Luc Picard that doesn’t need adding to.'' He also called the new movie ''terrific.''

Stewart also had a few words for both Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner:

When asked about the opportunity to work with the legendary Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, Stewart joked, “Can you be legendary and be alive?” On the subject of Nimoy, Stewart said he was, “somewhat in awe of his presence on stage.” Stewart was impressed with Nimoy’s humor, dignity, and enthusiasm. Stewart then said, “Mr. Shatner, on the other hand.” A long paused followed, after which he added, “He’s a piece of work, isn’t he?”

Kate Mulgrew, who played Captain Kathryn Janeway on Voyager, also had some interesting things to say about her time on Star Trek.

On her views about being the first female captain on Star Trek, Daily Dragon Online reports:

She said that her tenure as Janeway was the hardest decade of her life. As the third captain in the Star Trek franchise (she didn’t count the space station featured in Deep Space Nine, as “star ships fly”) and the “first girl,” she described a “sense of privilege, terror,” and a “new frontier,” paraphrasing what she called the “Star Trek mantra.”

“Just me and a lot of men, just the way I like it.” Mulgrew cautioned, “you don’t want to make me naughty; it never ends.”

Daily Dragon also reported what Mulgrew said about Trekkers, Captain Janeway's ever changing hairstyle and her status as a leader:

Mulgrew complimented the assembled fans, asserting “these are Trekkers, the smartest audience in the world.” She stressed that there was no need for feminine wiles and romantic interests to establish Janeway as a leader. After some initial battles over her hair style and uniform, the producers left her “to her own devices” and “within two seasons the entire demographic shifted and broadened. You are the greatest audience in the world.”

About her time on Voyager:

She remembered giving “the best I could give” to Voyager: “certainly I tried [with] two little devils, I mean sons, at home.” She warned that you can’t give 24 hours to the job and 24 hours to your children. “You do your best and forgive yourself. It’s diabolical.”

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