Patrick Stewart thought Star Trek: Nemesis was “weak,” and he doesn’t care who knows it.
During a recent interview with Variety to promote the upcoming release of Star Trek: Picard, the beloved English actor revealed how it felt to play Capt. Jean-Luc Picard once again and how the conclusion of Professor X’s storyline in Logan compared to that of Picard’s in Nemesis.
“Hugh [Jackman] and I were so thrilled when the last thing we did for X-Men was Logan,” he says. “It was the best X-Men experience we both had, because we were the same characters but their world had been blown apart.” He adds, “Next Generation didn’t end like that. In fact, our last movie, Nemesis, was pretty weak.”
Stewart isn’t the only Star Trek alumni to express their displeasure with Nemesis. In the past, Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, said this of the Star Trek movie, “I would have loved to have done Nemesis, but it seemed like, ‘Really? That’s all you’re going to do, is Star Trek movies?” Frakes had previously made Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection, so his fear of becoming pigeonholed makes a lot of sense. Years later, during another interview, Frakes revealed that although he felt it was the right decision at the time, he now has regrets about passing on the film.
“It’s glib to say now. I wish I had done Nemesis.”
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