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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltung O Thursday November O 5A Attractions FILM CLOSEUP Patrick Stewart By Joey Berlin Copley News Service Whether to take the lead role on a major Hollywood television series isnt a difficult choice for most actors But in 1987 a wellrespected member of the British Royal Shakespeare Company considered it a dilemma Offered the role of Captain JeanLuc Picard on the Next Generation of the Star Trek TV series Patrick Stewart wrestled with his decision There happened to be one extreme ly distinguished British actor here in Los Angeles that week that I was offered it and I had dinner with Stewart recalled during a conversatioh at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills Ive known him for a good many years and he urged me to turn the offer down claiming that it would wreck my I think he was Stewart said humbly Only the most snobbish theater buff would disagree In its enormously suc cessful sevenyear run Star Trek The Next Generation reached heights that the original series which barely last ed three seasons only dreamed of Consistently rated as Americas No 1 I dont quite know where Patrick Stewart ends and jeanLuc Picard leaves Patrick Stewart of Star Trek Patrick Stewart with Brent Spiner in Star Trek First syndicated dramatic TV series the show propelled the entire cast and particularly Stewart to stardom GIFT BOOKS AVAILABLE WALNUT 6 6296400 IH 35 and Walnut Ave M 101 Ransom Ijgl has Two Faces Set it Off QIC Presented in BRAUNTEX 6254411 290 W San Antonio Star Trek tt First Contact WilSun M0440 VSm IH MOVIB DOLLAR am Certificate 1 Great for Holiday Gifts Available Both Theatres Now with the release of Star Trek First the eighth Star Trek film and the first featuring no mem bers of the original cast Stewart has resumed his position at the helm of the Starship Enterprise First Contact offers the classically trained Stewart the opportunity to flex his acting muscles as he faces down his most fearsome enemy the Borg This race of cybernetically enhanced aliens is out to assimilate all life forms in the galaxy and only the Enterprise can prevent them from wip ing out humanity Sitting with Stewart its easy to see why he was considered Starship cap tain material He seems gentle and compassionate yet completely in con speech is clear and direct with a crisp British accent delivered in a rumbling baritone His movements are fluid His eyes are piercing And most famously he has that shiny bald head If Stewart were to begin shout ing commands you would follow them Identifying Stewart this closely with his trademark character may seem unfair but the press and the public arent the only ones who do it After inhabiting the role for the better part of a decade even the actor himself is guilty Its true to say that I dont quite know where Patrick Stewart ends and JeanLuc Picard leaves fessed So much of me went into the creating of the character There were even aspects of JeanLuc that as I increasingly came to admire him I decided that I wanted to adopt And it gets worse There was actually a moment when I was watching First Contact for the first time when 1 looked up at the screen and thought Hang on a moment thats me It was something that was so personal that wed put into the movie and Id forgotten just how it had gotten in there I heard my voice instead of JeanLuc Still when The Next Generation TV series ended in 1994 after 178 episodes Stewart for one was not unhappy I was ready before the series ended DRNCE American Legion Hall Saturday Nov 30 812 Mark Winston Kirk Public Welcome For More Information Call 3791079 Ultimate Home Theater 18 Mini Dish Xnlw only per month Includes standard installation and programming Call The Best Television Comes on a Dish LANDA STATION MARGARITA Q 10 oz Frozen Rita Salad Potato Texas Toast DineIn Only Happy Hour All Day Mon WedFull Bar CLOSED SUNDAYS Jam Nte Red Orange Happy Thanksgiving Closed Blair Boles Karaoke 381 Lands New Braunfels DriveThru 210 6203311 The Faust Hotel Veranda Lounge presents Local Piano Player Jack Russell Friday Saturday 9 12 240 S Seguin 6257791 New Braunfels914th Annual Christmas Showcase Arts Crafts Nov 30 Dec 1 Sat 10 5 Sun 10 5 few BraunfelsCivic Center to say he said And I dont miss it now 1 felt by the fifth season that I had given the series as much as I could give I was tired and finding it increasingly hard to find something fresh I had always thought that that was a responsibility of ours that we should find always fresh But Stewart does miss his fellow actors After working gossiping and joking together for seven years attach ments form So he was happy to do the reunion movie for more than just the money Star Trek First Contact was direct ed by Jonathan Frakes who as Will Riker reports to Picard on the Enterprise but Stewart has no interest in directing any subsequent Next Generation movies Though he has directed episodes of the TV series and would like to direct features Stewart says simply This is not the material that Im interested in as a feature At the moment Stewart is preparing to take to the stage again in A Christmas his acclaimed restaging of the Charles Dickens clas sic as a oneman show Beyond that he would like to do more features Preferably something contemporary for a change Stephen Kings Thinner A Pallid Horror Comedy By David Elliott and Arthur Salm Copley News Service 1 The 1985 novel by Stephen King pseu donym Richard Bachman is now a weak movie starring Robert John Burke as a very fat successful lawyer who runs into a gypsy woman and shaza am begins shedding pounds even on a daily intake He thins as does the movie a pallid horror comedy With Joe Mantegna Lucinda Jenney Salm Rated R American Legion Post 179 410 W Coll New Braunfels Acton fromthe Closed Thanksgiving Day A FULL SERVICE RESTAURANT Entree Dine In Only Expires D Chicken Fried Steak Each Atldl Item Dine In Only No Take Out 6201344 1030 Hwy 81 East New Braunfels at 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