Sir Patrick Stewart Recognized for Achievements in Cinema

Sun, 2017/10/29

On Wednesday, October 25, the Chicago International Film Festival recognized Sir Patrick Stewart’s life-long achievements in film, television, and theater. After an hour-long discussion with the actor including the occasional presentation of clips of some of his most memorable moments in both lesser and widely known roles, the actor was presented with the award which he then graciously accepted. The clips shown to the audience and the actor included Sir Patrick Stewart’s performances as a neo-Nazi drug dealer, an elderly wheelchair bounded telepath, and a greedy business owner.

The conversation between Sir Patrick and a film critic from the Chicago Tribune provided an interesting and somewhat funny consideration as to how this acclaimed actor got to this very point. This included the actual flight he took from the United Kingdom to Chicago, which was memorable for him as it would be during this long flight that he first saw the widely known and critically acclaimed film "The Shawshank Redemption." The fact that he did not get around to seeing this film in the quarter century since it was first released came as a great surprise to everyone in attendance. This included the actor himself, who did not realize how long it took him to see it until he said it at that very moment.

Sir Stewart is probably best known for his performances as Professor Charles Xavier in the "X-Men" film series and Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation." During the discussion, the actor revealed to the audience and the festival organizers how he received these roles and how they have affected his life and his performances both behind and in front of the cameras.