mrs_underhill (mrs_underhill) wrote in ontd_startrek,

Shatner and Stewart together in San Francisco

Yes, Bill Shatner and Sir Patrick graced Star Trek Convention in San Francisco with their joined on-stage presence on January 24th, and by all accounts it was a hoot!

Among topics discussed were Sir Patrick's knighthood and Bill Shatner asking him to put a word for the Queen as he's a Canadian citizen and maybe could be a knight too. They talked about recasting TNG with kiddies, Shakespear, riding horses and wearing pantyhose in "Generations", discovering an inner woman and other interesting stuff.

There are pictures from the event here and here, and also the only one (very short) Youtube clip which I could find.

Must say that beeing kneeled to is a great look on Sir Patrick. He then bid Shatner to "Arise, Sir". :)

RobertBernardo wrote a great recap on William which I'll repost under the cut.

On Sunday morning in San Francisco, the Creation Entertainment Star Trek Convention was jam-packed with attendees wanting to see Patrick Stewart and William Shatner o­n stage together. Later in the day, Gary Lockwood (Gary Mitchell of “Where No Man Has Gone Before”) and Chase Masterson (of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) had their turns o­n stage to speak to the crowd. The registration line was long for attendees with pre-bought tickets, and those without tickets were out-of-luck, because the show was sold out. Those who got into the convention were treated to a show filled with laughs and insights from the stars.

Patrick Stewart and William Shatner

The day started off with a video of the two Trek captains, Picard and Kirk. That was followed by Patrick Stewart walking o­nto the stage. Patrick started off in a serious tone, stating that the Paramount had decided to produce a new Star Trek movie with the casts of the Original Series, the Next Generation, and all the other Star Trek series. Then he started to include Star Wars and other movie franchises... that's when the crowd started laughing at the joke. He continued o­n to say that he was a fan of the new Star Trek movie and was o­ne of the first to congratulate J.J. Abrams o­n his accomplishment. He alluded to the other Star Trek captain to join him o­n stage momentarily and joked that he hadn't been invited o­n Shatner's Raw Nerve talk show. A few minutes into his talk, he took off his jacket which revealed his t-shirt and manly form, the crowd whooping in approval. “Somethings never change,” he grinned.

Stewart stated that he had made a deliberate decision to focus exclusively o­n his theatre work. “They have in fact, and I don't want in anyway to speak pejoratively of Star Trek: the Next Generation, but the last six years have been the best and happiest years of my life. I feel immensely fulfilled...” That being said, he went o­n to describe his projects for television – a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet including David Tennant, which will come to the Public Broadcasting System in April, and a production of Macbeth which will come to PBS in the fall. In the next 18 months, he will have three more plays to do, two of which will in the New York theatre. In the third week of February, he'll be with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, voicing Oedipus by Stravinsky.

In the question-and-answer session of his talk, Stewart spoke about how he got the job o­n Next Generations (“a fluke”, as he called it), gave advice o­n being a Shakespearean actor (“...see as much Shakespeare as you can o­n film”), good-naturedly scolded an attendee with a loud rustling bag of potato chips (“did he offer me o­ne?”), and talked about his spring or summer formal investiture as a knight. As he came to the end of explaining the process of becoming a knight, in walked William Shatner. In the funniest moment of the entire day, Shatner then knelt o­n o­ne knee before Stewart. “I was wondering... if you can put in a good word for me,” Shatner said. “Arise, sir,” Stewart graciously commanded. “Sir Patrick!!” exclaimed Shatner.

After a bit of teasing about Stewart's house in England, Shatner took the stage while Stewart walked off to later return. Shatner smiled mischievously, “I admire him... I admire his jacket really... he looks so elegant... he has this incredible reputation... and to follow in his footsteps... but then I am Captain Kirk.” The crowd roared thunderously. Shatner went into the Q & A right away. Regarding Raw Nerve, he said that Biography is a wonderful network, and he'd like to have Stewart o­n as a guest, though the network may have other people in mind. He commented about his recent Howard Stern Show appearance in which Stern made a deal to have George Takei come o­n Raw Nerve with Howard being umpire between Shatner and Takei. Shatner spoke about his upcoming projects, like an A&E show entitled, “Aftermath”; a Discovery show called, “Weird or What?”, and his February 1 appearance with World Wrestling Entertainment where he would also promote Priceline and Wells Fargo, the sponsors of his Hollywood Charity Horseshow. He would also try to convince WWE's Vince McMahon to be a guest o­n Raw Nerve. As Shatner humorously put it, “Which shows you the difference between Patrick Stewart and myself.”

Regarding Boston Legal, he commented o­n being handed a four-page scene in which he had nothing to say but “Denny Crane” and joked that producer David Kelly was having him say Denny Crane every time he went to the bathroom (“...I look down and say Denny Crane.”) Regarding Stewart becoming a knight, Shatner joked, “I'm a British subject... aren't I as a Canadian? Why can't I be a sir? Why does he have to be a sir? Sir Pat?” Regarding the new Star Trek movie, he said that J.J. Abrams has promised to set up a screening at Paramount, and that will be done in the next two to three weeks. Regarding a comparison between Spock's death in Star Trek II and Kirk's death in Star Trek VII, Spock's death scene was made even more meaningful because he didn't know whether Leonard Nimoy would return in Star Trek III, and he approached Kirk's final death scene with the character seeing the “awe and wonder” of death coming.

Patrick Stewart re-entered the stage, remarking he that he had been moved by Shatner's approach to Kirk's death scene. Shatner continued the theme of endings – Boston Legal had a final show in which the characters tied up loose ends, the Original Series Star Trek had never been given a final show... did the Next Generation movies have a final good-bye? Stewart's response, “We didn't. We assumed that we were going o­n. The last movie, Nemesis, did well but not as well as the others. I was told by the studio that Star Trek was suffering from franchise fatigue.” Stewart said that the o­nly farewell scene was when Riker is promoted to captain and says good-bye to Picard. In an aside, Steward did have dinner a few days before with his castmates from the Next Generation show.

Stewart related that within the last week he had been skiing and that his legs were sore. That brought about Shatner's story about how both of them wore pantyhose to prevent chafing while during the riding scenes in Star Trek: Generations. When Stewart came out of his trailer for the first time to ride, he had the pantyhose o­n the *outside* of the costume! Shatner remarked, “It gave the Kirk-Picard relationship a whole new meaning.” Stewart spoke to the audience, “The next time you watch Star Trek: Generations... when you see us o­n the back of those horses, just lodge in the back of your mind, those two guys are wearing pantyhose!” A bit later, the talk continued with more about horses – Shatner saying how he won an award for the best in reining o­n the West Coast and Stewart saying how he had to dismount from a gigantic horse in Macbeth. Stewart also said how he was going to have dinner with Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker) o­n Monday night at a steakhouse, “Stand by for the red wine and the raw meat.” When Shatner teased him for eating so little red meat these days, Stewart grinned, “You mean I'm not manly enough? It's true; I am learning to celebrate the woman in me.” Shatner replied, “Well, I was trying to help with the pantyhose.” With that final thought, the duo left the stage to loud applause.

Sir Patrick also gave an interview to the San Francisco news portal
During which this exchange took place:

Q: So you turn 70 in July. You look like a man of 50. Any thoughts on the big 7-Oh?
A: I think I have great peasant genes. You ought to look at my thighs! I've got great peasant thighs - and hands.

OK, so we have a Shatner blog "Look at his butt", and now I guess we got the name for a Stewart's blog. :)

Patrick Stewart on turning 70
G. Allen Johnson, Chronicle Staff Writer

Patrick Stewart turns 70 this year, and he looks the same as when he assumed the captain's chair aboard the Enterprise in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" nearly 23 years ago.
As he slips into the command chair of an office overlooking the historic Miners Foundry in Nevada City at the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival on a recent Saturday night, Stewart orders a glass of wine. He was in town to introduce a documentary he narrates, "Nature Propelled," an extreme sports film by his friend Seth Warren.

The next week, after a few days of skiing with his girlfriend, Stewart would be in San Francisco for a "Star Trek" convention and to rehearse with San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas for a Stravinsky piece they will perform at the Chicago Symphony next month. Later this year, Stewart will be seen in television adaptations of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" (he is Claudius) and the title role in "Macbeth."

Q: So you're doing Stravinsky ("Oedipus Rex") with Michael Tilson Thomas - are you a musician?

A: No, there's a storyteller in it, threaded through the music. We did something like that together in San Francisco about six years ago, and we really enjoyed working together. ... I'm passionate about music - it fills my life. So to spend five days with some of the best musicians in the world is my idea of heaven.

Q: You haven't done many films lately. Are you taking a break?

A: I've been almost exclusively focusing on theater the last five years, because I have a lot of catching up to do (smiles). It's all I ever wanted to do. I had no ambition to work in television, I had no ambition to work in film, because it just seemed improbable and unlikely. All I ever wanted to be was on the stage, because the stage was, well, quite crudely, the safest place to be. Far safer than the outside world. ... Everything else that happened was an accident. A wonderful accident.

Q: An accident that led to two prominent roles in two major franchises: "Star Trek" and "X-Men."

A: My feeling is you cannot have too many franchises in a career! My dear friend Ian McKellen was in "X-Men," "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and soon will make it three, with "The Hobbit."

Q: You were just knighted during the 2010 New Year's Honour services, so now you're Sir Patrick Stewart. You have a long and distinguished stage career, but would you have been knighted had you not played Capt. Jean-Luc Picard?

A: (Long pause.) It is a result. I'm grateful to you for making me reflect on that. Because the cumulative result of "Star Trek" and the "X-Men" ... when I went back to the U.K. after 15 years away, I went and did an Ibsen play ("The Master Builder"). ... Not a writer that fills theaters. What "Star Trek" did was to take me out of the world of being an elitist Shakespearean actor with a very small audience, and it put me on an international stage. ... After the role ended, I was able to mount stage projects that I never would have been able to do before.

Q: I know William Shatner went through a period where he hated being Capt. Kirk. What about you? Ever resent being identified with Jean-Luc Picard?

A: No, I'm grateful. I did a one-man show that did quite well, "A Christmas Carol." ... We sold the first week on Broadway through the "Star Trek" fan clubs (laughs). That was the marketing! And they filled the place. It doesn't matter why they come. ... Ian and I, we shared a dressing room for seven months (in 2009) doing "Waiting for Godot." I do think we've been significantly creating a new audience for live theater.

Q: So you turn 70 in July. You look like a man of 50. Any thoughts on the big 7-Oh?

A: I think I have great peasant genes. You ought to look at my thighs! I've got great peasant thighs - and hands. And I've got to thank Hollywood. I think 17 years in Hollywood where I really took care of myself - really took care of myself.

The fact of the matter is, I've never been so happy in my life, I've never been so fulfilled, and I've never been so optimistic - well, except it looks like we're going to have a conservative government in England. ... My kids are good, my grandchildren are great.

I just spent five years renovating a house in England. And it's done! And I just did it for me. And I can't wait to get up in the mornings. Anyway, in 10 days' time, I'll see all my doctors in Los Angeles, and we'll see what they say. Because I had a heart procedure five years ago. Came out of the blue. And wow, it was shocking. Hopefully, they will sign off on me again, as they have every year since.

And now excuse me while I'll go and follow captain's orders!
Tags: interviews, next generation, premieres/award shows/events, william shatner/jim kirk
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