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Sir Patrick put off stage battles by ‘crazy actors’

Sir Patrick Stewart says stage fight scenes frighten him. Picture: Dan Phillips

Sir Patrick Stewart says stage fight scenes frighten him. Picture: Dan Phillips

Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart has revealed that he is frightened of performing fight scenes on stage because of previous bad experiences with “crazy actors”.

The 71-year-old X-Men star told the Radio Times that he only felt comfortable with such scenes in the safer world of film and television.

“Fight scenes frighten me more than anything. I have been unlucky enough to work with one or two crazy actors and I have been hurt when they lose control,” he said.

“On TV and film, everything feels safe and properly done whereas on stage you can find yourself alone with a battleaxe-wielding actor when the red mist descends over his eyes.”

Sir Patrick is best known for his role as Jean-Luc Picard in the science fiction series, and as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films.

He has performed on Broadway and in London’s West End in an acting career spanning more than 50 years.

 

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