For the first time ever, celebrated actor Sir Patrick Stewart sat down for a reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA).
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The 75-year-old thespian (think: “X-Men,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “American Dad”), equality/free speech advocate, and all-around cool guy made himself available for questions ahead of the premiere of his new television show, “Blunt Talk,” a raunchy comedy produced by Seth MacFarlane.
Here are five things we learned from the beloved actor and noted mullet enthusiast.
1. You’re never too old to have the best day of your life.
“I never expected it would happen to me and as an ex-athlete and huge fan of the Olympic Games, it was one of the best days of my life. And, I ended the day taking home the torch, but I seem to have mislaid it. If anybody knows where it is, please let the @SirPatStew team know.”
Photo by LOCOG via Getty Images.
2. Always make time to read what you love.
Even with films, television, theater, and charitable work, he still finds time to read a good book. Though his latest selection
is taking a little longer than expected.
“The letters of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother, Theo. Problem is, there are seven volumes and I’ve already been reading for two years.”
A selection of Van Gogh’s letters on display at the Van Gogh Museum. Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images.
3. Want to stay fresh-faced and full of life? Know your Freud.
The actor presented a quote from the celebrated psychoanalyst as the secret to staying young.
“Well the great man Sigmund Freud said the most important things for a happy and long life were love and work and I’ve had a cornucopia of both.”
Stewart with his wife, Sunny Ozell. Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images.
4. It’s important to love what you do for a living.
He’s been in the business for 50 years, but at age 75, he’s enjoying himself now more than ever.
In fact, his latest project, “Blunt Talk,” premiering Aug. 22, on Starz, is the most fun he’s ever had
“For the 12 weeks of shooting, I remember nothing except laughing, which is a nice way to get through a working day, especially if it’s 14 hours. Everyone in our cast is a comedian (or comedienne). They’re funny on screen and they’re funny off, which accounts for my comment about laughing. There’s not much laughter when you’re performing King Lear or Macbeth.”
5. No matter what you accomplish, hold tight to a dream or two.
Even with a storied career, there’s still something on his bucket list
. And it’s a far cry from the stage and screen.
“My father retired from the military as Regimental Sergeant Major of the British Parachute Regiment. He jumped into action three times. I don’t care for the action part of it, but I would love to experience what he did of jumping and parachuting safely to the ground.”
A member of the current British Parachute Regiment makes a spectacular entrance. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images.
And OK, just one more.
In case you’re having Sir Patrick over for lunch, don’t forget hisfavorite sandwich:
“Always, all my life, a favorite, thickly sliced Granny Smith apple on thick, heavily buttered white bread. Very healthy and yummy.”
Don’t say we didn’t warn you. GIF from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Hey, nobody’s perfect. Not even knights.