X-Men and Star Trek star Patrick Stewart opened up about visiting his iconic roles as Luc Picard in Star Trek: Picard and Professor X in the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel Multiverse of Madness.
Patrick Stewart first appeared as Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation between the years 1987 and 1994. After 30 years, Stewart is back to reprise his role again as Picard, now an admiral. The second season of Star Trek: Picard premiered on March 3, and the third season is scheduled for release in 2023.
Aside from Stewart's comeback in the Star Trek universe, the actor will also reprise his role as the titular character, Professor X in Marvel Cinematic Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Stewart will once again be stepping into the role of Charles Xavier, the leader of X-Men. Stewart first appeared in the 2000's debut of the X-Men and last appeared in the franchise's final film, X-Men The Last Stand. It was rumored that the X-Men would finally make an appearance in the MCU especially after Disney acquired 20th Century Fox last 2019.
Since before the Doctor Strange sequel was announced. Many fan theories surfaced online claim that multiple characters would make an appearance in the film including Stewart's Professor X. But after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer reveals a teaser for Professor X's comeback, fans are completely going wild for the leader of the X-Men's return.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Patrick Stewart sat down to discuss how he managed to return for two of his most iconic roles in a short amount of time.
"One lies enormously on the quality of the script and how unique and original it is. If the script has an entirely original aspect, that is what you absorb. It is full of new experiences but you have to pursue those new experiences and take them on board. You have to experience them as fully as possible. It can sometimes make lives of the people you live with a little bit difficult but I find it's the only way one can do it."
Stewart also mentioned that one of the challenges of returning to his previous roles was the COVID-19 Pandemic. Star Trek: Picard season 2 and 3 were filmed back-to-back and the 80-year-old actor had to film every week. Stewart also admits that the production process especially with the timeline that they are following due to the pandemic is very challenging, the actor still enjoyed every minute of it.
Patrick Stewart shows no signs of slowing down as season 3 of Star Trek: Picard is reportedly the franchise's last season and Stewart likes to explore more acting career opportunities away from his Star Trek character.
For now, we will see Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Picard Season 2, now streaming in Amazon Prime Video. And as Professor X in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will premiere on May 6.