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Things You Didn't Know About Patrick Stewart

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Sir Patrick Stewart has been acting for more than half a century, and in all that time, he's been in some of the most important franchises in film history. He got his start in the theater, and his eventual pathway into films and television put him into everything from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Excalibur to X-Men and American Dad. He's in his 80s, but doesn't appear to be stopping anytime soon - but how much do you know about him?

Stewart is beloved by his fans, and they certainly know much about him, but odds are, there are things you didn't know about Patrick Stewart. This list hopes to rectify any gaps in knowledge his fans might have, so take a look down below, and if you find something interesting you didn't already know, go ahead and give it an upvote to see which fact rises to the top!

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    Playing Picard Changed Stewart As A Person

    Actors often put a part of their own personality into the characters they play, but sometimes the process works in reverse, too. For Stewart, playing Picard definitely had an impact. He explained how in an interview with the BBC in 2011:

    One of the things that I've come to understand is that as I talk a lot about Picard, what I find is I'm talking about myself. There was a sort of double action that occurred. In one sense, Picard was expanding like this, and at the same time, he was also growing closer and closer to me as well, and in some respect, I suppose even had some influence on me. I became a better listener than I ever had been as a result of playing Jean-Luc Picard because it was one of the things that he does terrifically well.

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    Jean-Luc Picard Once Had A French Accent

    About the only complaint about casting Patrick Stewart as a Frenchman in the 24th century was that he didn't have a French accent. In fact, the accent he uses throughout the Star Trek franchise is his own speaking voice, which is that of an Englishman. Evidently, the show did attempt to have him do a French accent, but it didn't go well, as Stewart explained:

    Somewhere in the vaults of Paramount [which produced the series], there is a piece of film or video, which has me on camera reading a scene in a French accent. They weren’t sure if he should be French or American or English.

    His approximation of a French accent couldn't be taken seriously by the crew, as he sounded a bit like Inspector Clouseau, saying, “Space... Ze Final Frontier."

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    He Wrongly Believed Himself To Be Circumcised

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    Despite the physical evidence suggesting otherwise, Sir Patrick Stewart falsely believed he was circumcised for most of his life. He revealed this while appearing on The Graham Norton Show: "One night, as you do, we were talking about stuff, and I just happened to mention that - being circumcised, and she said, 'You're not circumcised.'" He asked her what she meant, and said his mother had told him he was, as it was fashionable at the time.

    The following day, he went to the doctor for his annual physical. Stewart related, "When he was down there, I said, 'Oh, by the way, my wife and I had a little disagreement." He explained that his wife said he wasn't circumcised while he believed he was. The doctor looked and said he wasn't, so Stewart asked him to check once more, and he said, "Hey, I'm Jewish, I know the difference."

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    His Shakespearean Experiences Prepared Him For Picard

    On the surface, you might not think Captain Picard has much in common with the characters of Shakespeare, but a closer look suggests otherwise.

    Stewart once said, "All of those years in Royal Shakespeare Company - playing all those kings, emperors, princes and tragic heroes - were nothing but preparation for sitting in the captain's chair of the Enterprise."

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