Patrick Stewart’s new half-hour comedy, Blunt Talk, premiered on Starz this weekend and has already generated a lot of positive buzz. Best known for his roles on Star Trek and X-Men, Stewart shakes up his acting career in Blunt Talk where he plays Walter Blunt, an English talk show host who begins hosting a cable news show in Los Angeles. Sounds not so out-there, right? Well in this show, viewers will be seeing a completely different side of Patrick Stewart.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) August 23, 2015
E! News reports in the pilot episode, Stewart drops the f-bomb, beats up cops, and jumps on top of a car to recite a monologue from Hamlet. That’s just in the first 10 minutes! Patrick Stewart promises there’s more craziness to come in an interview with E! News.
“There were some who thought it should begin with a bang, you know, find some way to begin with the scene on the car and the cops and all of that… I think most of what happens in this show is going to be new, that I do… I’ve never had this much fun. I’ve done jobs that I’ve loved, and not wanted them to end, but not sustained fun as we have done on this. Whether it’s things that we each do, or watching the rest of the cast doing hysterically funny stuff.”
In an interview with the New York Times, Patrick Stewart told the publication how a real-life conversation with Blunt Talk’s creator, Jonathan Ames, about Sir Patrick’s mistaken belief that he was circumcised has even made its way into the new comedy series.
“All my life I believed that I was circumcised,” Stewart said. Patrick’s wife didn’t think he was, and after his doctor confirmed Stewart is indeed not circumcised, Patrick found out his wife was right after all.
“How could I not have known?” Patrick added. “Jonathan loved this, and so he wrote a little story line about that.”
Patrick Stewart also had interesting prep work for his role as a cable news show host–the actor had the opportunity to shadow journalists Jon Stewart and Rachel Maddow. Sir Patrick said he loved getting a behind-the-scenes look at how people interact and work together when the cameras aren’t rolling. Perhaps a not-so-well-known tidbit about the actor is that Patrick Stewart left school when he was 15-years-old in 1955 to become a cup reporter at his local weekly paper, so journalism was Stewart’s first career.
Did you catch the premiere episode of Blunt Talk starring Patrick Stewart? What do you think of the show so far?
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