"I Could Be A Severe Bastard": Star Trek's Patrick Stewart Explains Why He Stormed Off TNG Set


“I Could Be A Severe Bastard”: Star Trek’s Patrick Stewart Explains Why He Stormed Off TNG Set

In his new memoir, Patrick Stewart looks back on his early days of Star Trek: The Next Generation when he once stormed off the set.


  • Patrick Stewart reflects on a moment when he called a meeting to lecture his Star Trek castmates for goofing off, showing his sometimes severe behavior.
  • In the moment, Stewart didn’t handle the cast’s laughter well and stormed off the set, not enjoying being laughed at.
  • While the story is now seen as hilarious, it highlights Stewart’s intense and serious nature during his time on Star Trek: The Next Generation.



Patrick Stewart candidly reflects on the time he stormed off the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation in his new autobiography, “Making It So: A Memoir.” Stewart is fresh off of the runaway success of Star Trek: Picard season 3, which reunited and wrapped up the stories of the Star Trek: TNG characters to widespread critical and audience acclaim. Stewart is now making the rounds promoting his memoir, which looks back at his life and storied acting career, including his time in the X-Men and Star Trek franchises.

The Hollywood Reporter shared an excerpt from “Making It So: A Memoir” where Patrick Stewart describes a moment from his early days of playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard when he grew angry with Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s rambunctious cast. Read the quote below:

I could be a severe bastard… My experiences at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre had been intense and serious… On the TNG set, I grew angry with the conduct of my peers, and that’s when I called that meeting in which I lectured the cast for goofing off and responded to Denise Crosby’s, ‘We’ve got to have some fun sometimes, Patrick’ comment by saying, ‘We are not here, Denise, to have fun.’”

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In retrospect, everyone, me included, finds this story hilarious. But in the moment, when the cast erupted in hysterics at my pompous declaration, I didn’t handle it well. I didn’t enjoy being laughed at. I stormed off the set and into my trailer, slamming the door.

You can also listen to an excerpt from the audiobook of “Making It So” narrated by Patrick Stewart provided by THR below:

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Patrick Stewart Changed Throughout TNG & Star Trek: Picard

Continuing his story from “Making It So,” Patrick Stewart described how Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner had a “heart-to-heart” chat with him after Stewart stormed off Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s set. Stewart writes:

They also made it clear how off-putting it was — and not a case study in good leadership — for me to try to resolve the matter by lecturing and scolding the cast. I had failed to read the room, imposing RSC behavior on people accustomed to the ways of episodic television — which was, after all, what we were shooting.”

As Star Trek: The Next Generation continued and became a phenomenon, Stewart settled into his role as the iconic Captain Picard and began to enjoy himself as the leader of the cast.

Patrick Stewart underwent a different sort of change of heart during the production of Star Trek: Picard. Stewart was initially against reuniting the TNG cast in his solo series, but as more and more of his former cast members appeared in Picard, Patrick gradually warmed to the idea of putting the band back together. Star Trek: Picard season 3 saw the entire Star Trek: The Next Generation crew reunite for one last adventure that was so successful, Patrick Stewart now hopes for one more Picard movie to wrap up Jean-Luc’s story.

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“Making It So: A Memoir” by Patrick Stewart is available in bookstores now.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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