[This is a new interview that Sir Patrick gave to a German magazine. I translated it into English so that everyone can enjoy it. The original interview is here.]
Mr. Stewart, the X Men are back. What can we expect this time?
- It is, as always, very spectacular. We see that relationships that worked for years are suddenly being questioned. We witness how our world reaches its existential limits.
A very typical and exagerrated Hollywood setting?
- Hollywood does have a tendency to exaggerate (laughs). But the movie’s message is still very applicable to our time. The basic question of the movie is: Will we destroy each other or can we fight as one united people?
A thought that seems very important than ever these days and goes way beyond movies, right?
- Absolutely. Of course, X Men is a super hero story, but if we look at the situation in Ukraine for example the question the movie asks fits very well: Will we destroy ourselves or will we learn to deal with one another?
Maybe Ukraine could use someone like the X Men right now?
- If only it were that simple. It would be wonderful if a script could bring peace to all the wars in the world.
Do you have a problem with the fact that politcs play a big role in Hollywood movies?
- No, I don’t. Prejudice and discrimination against so-called ‘outsiders’ have always been a central theme, particulary in the X Men franchise. I think it’s good that movies direct attention towards such serious topics.
Do you believe in destiny?
- I can’t say I use this word very often. I believe that both fortune and misfortune are in the hands of the individual. I don’t believe in any sort of external power that controls us.
What would you change if you could travel into the past?
- Well, everybody could say now that it would have been better if Hitler or Nero had never been born. But I look at this in a more personal way: I would try to keep myself on the right track and to change things in my life that did not go well.
You come from a very poor background. What is it like to be one of the biggest Hollywood stars on this planet today?
- Not a single day passes on which I don’t think of this. I’m eternally grateful and I’m also aware that I have been VERY lucky.
What is the secret of a long-lasting career?
- I learned a long time ago - from a German - that love and work are the only things in life that really matter. Sigmund Freud said that. I’m still very passionate about my work.
Which role do you prefer - the captain from Star Trek or the professor from X Men?
- There is no competition between those two characters. Both of them have always given me a great deal of satisfaction. Picard changed my life forever. Ever since I’ve played him, nothing has been like it was before. And the X Men have grown so close to my heart that I can no longer imagine a life without them.
Do you ever think of retiring?
- If so, only for a few seconds. I simply love my job too much. Curiosity about what every new day might bring is what gets me out of bed in the morning. I can say for certain that I’m looking forward to my work every day. So, retirement is not an option for me any time soon.
Do you have a personal superhero in your life?
- My mother. She always was, she always will be.
never before has an interview made me more nervous (x)
Sir Patrick on Live With Kelly And Michael (5/22/14, x)
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