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9 items from 2000

Gregory Peck's Celeb Pals Give Literary Support

16 November 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

'Angelica Huston' (photos) (qv), Jack Lemmon (photos), Sally Field (photos) and Patrick Stewart (photos) turned out to support movie great Gregory Peck's (photos) latest charity project - The Library Foundation. Huston, Lemmon, Field and Stewart all took to the stage at the gala launch of Peck's reading series, to read a selection of plays, short stories and poems in what will be the first of many performances across Los Angeles over the next couple of weeks. Peck has invited many friends and peers to be involved in his project, which takes literature to inner-city children, with celebrities reading from their favorite books at public libraries across the state. Speaking at the launch, Stewart said, "I'm one of Gregory's regular readers and he's also a colleague and a friend so it's a cause I believe in very strongly. Literature is a private world and a world of stimulation and imagination, and it's important particularly that children are directed towards it." Other celebrities who will be involved in the reading series include Billy Bob Thornton (photos), Charlton Heston (photos), Kevin Spacey (photos) and Vanessa Redgrave (photos). »

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Patrick Stewart I'll Always Be A Brit

19 October 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Patrick Stewart loves his adopted America - but will always be British at heart. The actor has lived in America for nearly 13 years, but still remembers his British heritage - and his history as a Shakespearean actor. He explains, "I'm assimilated, but a large part of me feels as I did when I first arrived - that this is temporary. I'm a British actor who has been fortunate enough to establish a work base in North America accidentally and unintentionally. Hollywood was never even a daydream I permitted myself because it was so unrealistic. I stumbled into what has now become a large part of my professional life and I'm constantly surprised." »

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Star Trek Captain Gets Married

28 August 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Patrick Stewart, known for such hit sci-fi characters as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and Prof. Charles Xavier, tied with the knot with Wendy Neuss on Saturday. The couple first met eight years ago when Wendy, 39, was a production assistant on Star Trek: The Next Generation Although the relationship has been stable four years, Stewart could not marry until his divorce - to his ex-wife of 25 years - went through. Trek co-star Brent Spiner, a.k.a. Data, was the best man at the glittering ceremony, which took place at a lakeside mansion in Los Angeles. »

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Patrick Stewart Wants To Quit As Picard

17 August 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart plans to make his final voyage as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the next movie of the series - even though film bosses are desperate for him to stay on. Stewart has even scripted Picard's death in the new Next Generation film - which is the early stages of pre-production. But executives at Paramount want to keep all the crew alive for more intergalactic adventures, including an option of another television series. But Stewart plans to concentrate on theatre work for the next year, making it his priority to develop his own projects for screen and stage. He confesses, "If we do this next movie, my feeling very strongly is that it should be the last for the Next Generation at least the last for Jean-Luc Picard. "I have written an ending which nobody has accepted in which we finally kill him off, but they have refused to incorporate it." »

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Captain Picard No Born Leader

2 August 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1986) star Patrick Stewart is amazed he plays so many controlling characters - because he's definitely no leader in real life. Of his role as Professor Xavier in X-Men (2000), Stewart says, "The character is, apart from his mutant abilities, a modern man running this school for gifted children." He is surprised to be cast as a leader again - "It's extraordinary because most of my school reports used to say that I was easily led!" »

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Patrick Stewart `X-D' Out Of Action Figure

13 July 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

X-Men (2000) star Patrick Stewart hates the action figure doll made in his likeness - after it didn't even make it to the shops. Stewart's Professor Xavier doll was withdrawn from production after flopping after the first edition. He explains, "It doesn't look like me. It's a distorted looking face; it's just really bad. The first prototype that went into production was not successful and was withdrawn. So if you can go out there and find any first edition Professor Xaviers it already is worth considerably more than when it first went on the shelves because it no longer exists." Fellow X-Men actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, who plays Mystique in the movie, says her doll has become a top-seller amongst her friends. The beauty says, "They tell me when you squeeze my legs I do a karate chop with my arm. They've all created the Mystique dance when we go dancing. They do the movement that my action figure does when you squeeze it!" »

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Patrick Stewart Shuns Iconic Status

12 July 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

STAR TREK star Patrick Stewart nearly didn't accept a part in the new X-Men (2000) - because he was worried that it might encourage the same cult status as his Captain Jean-Luc Picard role. The British actor is well aware of the disadvantages of portraying a character that encourages a massive loyal following and worried that his role as Professor Charles Xavier would be too much to handle. He explains, "I had concern. It felt at the beginning like a lot of baggage. They actually said this could be bigger than `Star Trek.'" But the actor soon realized that X-Men (2000) was more than just another comic book story - and that his character was stronger than his Picard role in more ways than one. He says, "I didn't feel as though I was in a comic book movie. I was in a real modern movie with serious themes. And it's so separate from the tone and quality of 'Next Generation ' But he certainly could kick s*** out of Captain Picard!" »

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Patrick Stewart Hunted By Mad Stalker

7 June 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former STAR TREK skipper Patrick Stewart wants to get beamed up - to escape a deranged woman who's been stalking him. The woman has been obsessed with the British actor for years, and after keeping a low profile re-emerged last week. Stewart explains, "There was a person who was creating problems for me several years ago, and after three years of no harassment, she just turned up Thursday night." He adds, "She's a stalker. She's obsessive and her behavior is very inappropriate and alarming." Stewart, who has been performing on stage in New York, needed a police escort after Friday's performance. »

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Star Trek Captain Denounces "Lazy" Producers

1 May 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Furious STAR TREK actor Patrick Stewart has denounced on a Broadway stage the producers of the new ARTHUR MILLER play he was starring in. After both the matinee and evening performances of THE RIDE DOWN MT. MORGAN at New York's AMBASSADOR THEATRE, the 59-year-old British-born star, stunned theatre goers by attacking Broadway's powerful Schubert organization. He says, "Arthur Miller and I no longer have confidence in our producers' commitment to promote and publicise this extraordinarily provocative and vastly entertaining play." »

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