Patrick Stewart Chose A Pit Bull Terrier As Captain Picard’s #1 In “Star Trek: Picard”


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MY FIRST
GUEST IS AN ACCLAIMED ACTOR FROM THE STAGE AND SCREEN. HE’S NOW REPRISING ONE OF
HIS MOST ICONIC ROLES, JEAN-LUC PICARD IN “STAR TREK: PICARD.”>>LIEUTENANT COMMANDER
OPERATIONS ON THE “ENTERPRISE” DID YOU EVER LOSE FAITH IN HIM?>>NEVER.>>WHAT WAS IT THAT YOU LOST
FACE IN, ADMIRAL? YOU’VE NEVER SPOKEN ABOUT YOUR
DEPARTURE FROM STARFLEET. DIDN’T YOU IN FACT RESIGN YOUR
COMMISSION IN PROTEST? TELL US THAT ONE. WHY DID YOU REALLY QUIT
STARFLEET?>>BECAUSE IT WAS NO LONGER
STARFLEET.>>I’M SORRY?>>BECAUSE IT WAS NO LONGER
STARFLEET!>>Stephen: PLEASE WELCOME,
PATRICK STEWART! ♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE )
( APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪>>THANK YOU!>>Stephen: ISN’T THAT NICE? SO LOVELY TO SEE YOU AGAIN.>>IT’S SO GOOD TO BE BACK.>>Stephen: YOU’RE LOOKING AS
DASHING AS EVER.>>REALLY?>>Stephen: YES!( CHEERS ).>>WOW. ISN’T THAT NICE? WHAT FORM DOES THE “DASH” TAKE? I MEAN, I DON’T DO WHAT YOU DO. HOW DO YOU DO THAT RUNNING?>>Stephen: HOW DO YOU RUN?>>HOW DO YOU DO IT?>>Stephen: I’VE HAD MY KNEES
REPLACED SEVERAL TIMES. I’M MORE MACHINE THAN MAN AT
THIS POINT.>>HEY, YOU SHOULD BE ON OUR
SHOW GLI WOULD LOVE– OH, DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I WOULD LOVE TO BE
IN YOUR SHOW!>>REALLY.>>Stephen: DO NOT START
SOMETHING YOU CAN’T FINISH, JEAN-LUC. COME ON!>>LET’S HAVE A LITTLE TINY
AUDITION, THEN. WHAT ABOUT YOU SAY, “MAKE IT
SO!”>>Stephen: NUMBER ONE, MAKE
IT SO!>>OH, HEY!( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THAT’S AMAZING! I MEAN…>>Stephen: THE LAST TIME–
THE LAST TIME YOU PLAYED JEAN-LUC PICARD WAS IN 2002
“STAR TREK: NEMESIS.”>>CORRECT GLI HAVE TO IMAGINE
LAST 18 YEARS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TUCKING ON YOU TO GET YOU TO
PLAY JEAN-LUC MANY TIMES. WHY THIS TIME AND NOT BEFORE IN
THE LAST 18 YEARS?>>CORRECT. WHEN I OPENED THE INVITATION,
THE DETAILS THAT CAME THROUGH MY AGENT —
>>Stephen: YOU GOT AN INVITATION LIKE, “PLEASE COME TO
A CELEBRATION OF YOU ACCEPTING THIS PART”?>>”WE WOULD LOVE TO MEET WITH
YOU AND TALK TO YOU ABOUT AN IDEA WE HAD, BRINGING BACK
JEAN-LUC.” AND THAT WAS MICHAEL CHABON,
AKIVA GOLDSON, KIRSTEN BEYER. AN EXTRAORDINARY GROUP OF
WRITING TALENT, NOT JUST TELEVISION BUT NOVELS. MICHAEL GOT A PULITZER PRIZE. AND I WAS INTRIGUED. I MEAN, IT’S NOT OFTEN YOU GET
INVITATIONS FROM FOUR GUYS LIKE THAT. THREE GUYS AND A GAL.>>Stephen: RIGHT, YEAH.>>SORRY, SORRY. I MEAN NO OFFENSE.>>Stephen: WELL, THE SHOW
OPENS WITH– I WON’T SAY WHAT EXACTLY IT OPENS WITH. BUT VERY EARLY ON WE SEE PICARD,
THE CAPTAIN, ON A FRENCH VINEYARD, WHICH IS WHERE HE
LIVES NOW, WITH HIS COMPANION, NUMBER ONE, WHO IS PICTURED
RIGHT HERE IS A… A PIT BULL RIGHT THERE. WHOSE IDEA WAS IT TO MAKE NUMBER
ONE A PIT BULL TERRIER?( APPLAUSE )
>>I– FIRST OF ALL, I DID SUGGEST THAT WHEN I WAS SEEN IN
THE VINEYARD, I’M ALONE, BUT IT WOULD BE GREAT IF I HAD A DOG
WITH ME. BECAUSE A MAN ALONE WITH A DOG,
THAT SETS UP CERTAIN MEMORY DEPENDENCIES, I THINK.>>Stephen: SURE.>>WAS THAT FUNNY?>>Stephen: A MAN ALONE JUST
LOOKS LIKE A DRIFTER.>>AND THEY AGREED. THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA. AND I SAID, “HOWEVER, I NEED ONE
BREED OF DOG. IT MUST BE A PIT BULL. AND I WANT TO TRY AND FIND THE
MOST IMPRESSIVE-LOOKING PIT BULL THAT’S IN HOLLYWOOD.”>>Stephen: HE’S AN INCREDIBLE
DOG. YOU’VE DEDICATED A LOT OF TIME
TO SUPPORTING THE IMAGE OF PIT BULLS, REHABILITATING THEM IN
PEOPLE’S MINDS. WHY IS THAT SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?>>WELL, WE BEGAN FOSTER ABOUT
FOUR YEARS AGO BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WE TRAVEL SO MUCH AND MOVE
ABOUT, BUT WITHIN 36 HOURS OF FOSTER GINGER, WHO IS NOW AN
INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR ON SOCIAL MEDIA, WE KNEW WE HAD
FOUND THE DOG FOR LIFE, FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, CERTAINLY. AND THEN WE DISCOVERED WE
COULDN’T TAKE HIM TO ENGLAND BECAUSE HE’S A BANNED BREET
BROOED. THEY CALL IT “BREED-SPECIFIC
LEGISLATION.” THERE ARE FOUR BREEDS BANNED,
AND ONE OF THEM IS PIT BULLS, BECAUSE THEY’RE DANGEROUS DOGS. NOW, THEY’RE NOT DANGEROUS DOGS. ALL PIT YOU BULLS WANT TO DO IS
MAKE THEIR OWNERS HAPPY, PLEASE THEM. BUT IF THAT MEANS–
( APPLAUSE ).
>>THANK YOU. IF THAT MEANS FIGHTING OTHER
DOGS BECAUSE IT MAKES YOUR MASTER HAPPY, YES, YOU’LL DO IT
BECAUSE YOU’RE PLEASING THE GUY WHO LOOKS AFTER YOU. THAT’S WHY THEY GOT THAT
REPUTATION. AND THERE HAVE BEEN INCIDENTS. BUT THERE HAVE BEEN INCIDENTS
WITH ALL BREEDS OF DOGS. AND THESE ARE THE SWEETEST, MOST
EMPATHIC, MOST SENSITIVE CREATURES THAT I’VE OVERKNOWN.( APPLAUSE ).>>Stephen: THAT’S A BEAUTIFUL
REASON, A BEAUTIFUL REASON TO HAVE THAT DOG. YOU’VE HAD MANY HONORS OVER THE
YEARS, SIR, INCLUDING THE “SIR,” RIGHT?>>YES.>>Stephen: BUT YOU GOT A BIG
ONE LAST WEEK, WHICH I JUST LOVE. THIS IS ONE I WOULD LOOK FORWARD
TO SOME DAY IF I COULD EVER EARN IT. IS YOU GOT YOUR HANDS AND FEET
IMMORTALIZED AT HOLLYWOOD’S T.C.L. CHINESE THEATER. THERE YOU GO.( APPLAUSE )
WHAT WAS THAT LIKE FOR YOU? DID YOU HAVE– WAS THIS
SOMETHING THAT YOU THOUGHT OF GROWING UP? BECAUSE THIS IS AN IMAGE I’VE
HAD IN MY MIND SINCE I WAS A CHILD.>>IF I THOUGHT OF TI WOULD HAVE
DISMISSED IT IMMEDIATELY. BUT THERE IS A LITTLE STORY
BEHIND TIF I MAY JUST TELL YOU. I’LL KEEP IT VERY BRIEF. I FIRST CAME HERE AS AN
PROFESSIONAL ACTOR IN 1968 WITH THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY,
THE ARMSON THEATER, THE MUSIC CENTER HAD JUST BEEN OPENED. WE DID I THINK A SIX-WEEK SEASON
DOING TWO PLAYS. NOW, WHEN OUR FIRST DAY OFF
CAME, WHERE DID WE HEAD? HOLLYWOOD! OF COURSE. WE WANTED TO GET SOME
EXCITEMENT, FEEL THE BUZZ OF BEING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FILM
CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. AND WE FOUND WHAT USED TO BE
CALLED GRAMMAN’S CHINESE THEATER. IT’S NOW “THE CHINESE
THEATERMENT. AND WE LOOKED AT THESE SLABS OF
CONCRETE WITH FOOTPRINTS AND HANDPRINTS AND INCREDIBLY FAMOUS
SIGNATURES SIGNED IN THEM. AND WITH ME WAS A COLLEAGUE,
ANOTHER ACTOR FROM THE COMPANY PLAYING, YOU KNOW, SMALL,
SUPPORTING ROLES. IT WAS A GUY CALL BEN KINGSLEY. AND BEN AND I, WE STOOD LOOKING
AT THIS GOING, “WOW. WHAT MUST IT BE LIKE? IT MUST BE AMAZING.” WELL, THERE I WAS GETTING TO DO
IT MYSELF. AND HOLLYWOOD IS– AMERICAN
MOVIES ALWAYS HAD A HUGE INFLUENCE ON ME. I SAW THEM WHEN I WAS YOUNG. AND THEY– WELL, MY CHILDHOOD
WASN’T GREAT. SO MOVIES WERE AN ESCAPE. AS ACTING FOR ME FOR A LONG TIME
BECAME AN ESCAPE, I DIDN’T HAVE TO BE PATRICK STEWART ANYMORE. I COULD BE SOMEBODY ELSE AND
LEAD ANOTHER LIFE, OTHER THAN THE LIFE THAT I WAS LEADING. AND SO TO BE ON HOLLYWOOD
BOULEVARD, DOING THAT WITH SO MANY FAMOUS NAMES, I MEAN,
INCREDIBLY DISTINGUISHED AND BRILLIANT PEOPLE.( APPLAUSE ).>>Stephen: WELL, I HAVE ONE–
THERE IS ONE– PATRICK, THERE IS ONE OBVIOUS FOLLOW-UP QUESTION
THERE. HAS BEEN KINGSLEY GOTTEN IT?>>OKAY, I HOPE TO BE DISCUSSING
THIS WITH BEN VERY SOON, BUT NO, HE HAS– NO. BUT —
>>Stephen: GOTCHA!>>BUT HE GOT A STAR ON THE
HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME BEFORE I DID. SO WE’RE KIND OF 50-50.>>Stephen: TIT FOR TAT,
EXACTLY. WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU, THANK YOU
SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE AGAIN. “STAR TREK: PICARD” PREMIERES
THIS THURSDAY ON CBS ALL ACCESS. PATRICK STEWART, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH TALK
SHOW LEGEND DICK CAVETT.

100 thoughts on “Patrick Stewart Chose A Pit Bull Terrier As Captain Picard’s #1 In “Star Trek: Picard”

  1. Purely anecdotal, but I've had nothing but loving, nurturing experiences with the various breeds mislabeled as pit bulls. My family currently includes a big baby, our American bulldog, a breed not on the banned list in my city, but almost identical to Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terrier, to the that we've had 4 bulldogs killed by police in the last couple years due to confusion of the breeds… cuz cops are so unbusy, they have plenty of time to memorize AKC breed standards, right?

    Bully breeds, like st domesticated breeds, want to please, want to obey. When they're raised by violent people, they become violent dogs. Raised by loving people, they become loving dogs. Our Riggs is a big muscle baby, he loves cuddling, he lives nap time, he loves dropping his giant ass head on you when he cuddles. He's good the our cats, nicer than he likely needs to be, and he's great with little kids. He likes cheeseburgers after a vet's visit. How the hell can someone tell me they have a right to kill him if he gets out of my yard, but if he were a pomeranian, they'd just call animal control? Fuck that noise.

  2. If you don't LOVE this man… you are dead inside. What an absolute legend and immearasable icon of cinema, theatre and the acting arts. Sir, we salute you.

  3. pit bulls a giant lap dogs. not as big as the most giant lapdog of all, the rottweiler, but with both breeds all they want to do is be loved. they are just big dogs with the mind of a poodle.

  4. Sir Patrick Stewart a person I would want to live forever. Seems to be such a genuine and caring soul. Many blessings and perfect health for many years to come so more pitties, family, and us fans can enjoy this legend!

  5. As a veterinarian with almost thirty years of experience, I can say that the issue of bans against pitbulls and other breeds is a complex one, but not without justification. MOST dogs want only to do what their owner wants–that is not a unique trait. But few can inflict the damage that a pitbull can, once it goes on the attack. It is not just because they've been bred with powerful jaws, but they've also been bred to continue the attack once they are triggered. They do not tend to bite and release, but continue until the object of aggression is seriously maimed or killed. I would never own one. Please don't let sentimentality cloud the reality of breed characteristics, Sir Patrick!

  6. Sir Patrick Stewart is Rock Star in my book! It's always so delightful seeing him out of character. So jovial, energetic and funny, and of course the polar opposite of Picard. 😁 However, I can barely wait to see him back in the roll as Jean Luc'! He's just so damn sexy! 😍

  7. Lovely feller. A proper Gentleman. He was worn out with Picard, I'm glad he's playing him again and that his initial interest in his character has been re-kindled by some real scriptwriting talent. Great Interview!

  8. Yes!! Pit bulls are some of the most loving, sweet, gentle dogs on the planet! If people don't mistreat them, they are kind, gentle souls! We are the problem, not any specific dog breeds. HUMANS ARE THE PROBLEM.

  9. @1:51 Oh MY. This is maybe the most REAL late night show response to anything. He is SO raw in his response. Like a little kid when someone says….meet Santa or something. Completely forgot he was on stage/show! LoL. Too cute.

  10. Also. In regards to Pits being dangerous. YES. They can be. ALL DOGS CAN BE. Yes, blame the trainer, environment, etc… but it really comes down to strength and size. A pit is strong, obviously. LoL. And a bite can be extremely dangerous and cause great injury and even death. Where as a chihuahua leaves a much smaller wound. You hear all the time that little dogs bite more, but its put aside when we hear the statistics about dog bites reported by hospital and law enforcement. Those stats of these dangerous dog bites are EXTREMELY skewed. No one reports a mini yorkie bite. Or a fluffy pomeranian bite. Of course not. A pit…a rottweiler….etc….are much bigger bites that often need more than a bandaid. But you are MUCH more likely to be attacked by a small pup than a large pup.

    I agree owner responsibility is a large part of the problem. That is clear (for ANY animal). But it is also an unfair statistic to assume large breed dogs bite more often. Its just not true.

  11. It's fascinating how powerful Star Trek became. It has literally become a blueprint of sorts for humanity's near future. The Motorola flip-phone in 1994. Skype acting as "subspace communications". Now we've got new companies introducing "plant based 'meat' " (nod to resequenced Replicator food). And Sir Patrick Stewart has led the way. Pit bulls are just the icing on the cake. Well played, Sir.

  12. I remember reading that Ben Kingsley is a rude, arrogant wanker who insists that everyone call him “Sir Ben” — even Steven Spielberg. I wonder if it’s actually true. 🤔

  13. "All pitbulls want to make their masters happy, and if that means fighting other dogs because that makes your masters happy, then yes, they will do it because they are pleasing the master who looks after them…."

    I think I get why Starfleet is "NO LONGER STAR FLEET ANYMORE!!" . Lol

  14. Pass. . . . .after the recent clusterfucks of Discovery and BSG 'the Goddening', American sci fi is no longer sci fi, its just an endless whining about hoq fucked American society is and how far the country has fallen from its pinnacle . . . . . No wonder we had The Man in the high castle:turns out it wasnt sci fi anymore. Picard is just going to be another endless tirade of " back in my day" rants by an admittedly excellent actor but also a cranky old man pissed at Brexit and the election of that dumbfuck trump. Go watch the 'Dust' channel instead if you want original scifi.

  15. Patrick Stewart is so right, my Milo is a pitbull mix and I have to say you will never find a more friendly or loving companion than a well trained and socialized pitbull.

  16. I’m just wondering if he can do all this .. it seems exhausting to carry a show, for at least 2 seasons .. considering his age. I’m amazed that he, Jane Fonda etc still work in their 80s. Will I be able to do that I wonder?

  17. my respect for this idiot went out the window when he was spouting his views off about
    brexit , what ever his views, he spoke about those who differed from him as if they were inferior to him . at the end of the day he is a overated actor fuck all really

  18. I've lost so much respect for this man. Hopefully in 400 years society will have matured and gained enough intelligence to stop worshiping canines…especially pitbulls. Sorry Captain, but I've seen these dogs kill and only a fool would believe that their genetics has nothing to do with their ferocity. I've read report after report of people mauled and slain by these freaks of selective breeding. Five people died in one year alone in the area I used to live in thanks to these dogs. One dog trainer and specialist told me once that sometimes these dogs have a genetic predisposition to kill that no amount of training can fix. But of course, people like you think they are full of nothing but flowers and love.

    Mr. Stewart, you are abusing your power and privilege as an actor to help spread the lies about this breed and the dangers of dogs in general. All dogs can bite. All dogs have predatory instincts that can be triggered. They are animals, not humans.

    Shame on you, Mr. Steward. And shame on all of the people who are unable to think for themselves and separate fact from their fantasy world where dogs can do no wrong. And if you really think that pitbulls are the "sweetest and most empathic creatures you have ever known" then you must really have your head stuck permanently up your rear end.

  19. Stephen practically squealed when Sir Patrick posed the idea of him being on "Picard"

    And we all fangirled along with him. 😁😁😁

  20. 15000 DEAD 1.5 MILLION
    DISPLACED IT IS TREASON
    A SECURITY BREACH
    WE FIGHT RUSSIA IN UKRAINE SO WE DO NOT HAVE TO FIGHT THEM RIGHT HERE IN AMERCA

  21. Thank you Sir Patrick Stewart, our pitbull woke my dad up when the house started on fire. I am forever grateful to her for keeping Christmas a family event

  22. I've never seen anything he's been filmed in/famous for (though I'm lucky: I saw him twice in No Man's Land and once in Waiting for Godot on Broadway)…but he seems like such a wonderful human being. I will love him forever.

  23. i just watched the first episode of picard, no spoiler. so far so good… no ships coming out of black holes when they should be ripped apart… no nuclear power sources in starships (anti matter was supposed to be the solution to nuclear power… cunt cash grabbing nuclear shill writers…)… and most importantly… no teleportation with no limits on distance to objects that are moving through space at warp… rendering star ships obsolete.

  24. Many years ago I saw an interview with Ben Kingsley. The host had asked when was the first time he'd been recognized out and about. Mr. Kingsley said that he was at a party or something when a woman approached him and said,

    "I know who you are…

    you play Patrick Stewart on that Star Trek show."

  25. Pitbulls are seriously misunderstood so I love his work to change that. I’ve worked with dozens upon dozens of them and each one was a sweetheart

  26. Hallelujah Sir Patrick Stewart, in our household there are two service dogs. Both service dogs are American pitbull terriers. My Son has a Service dog that is for both mobility as well as emotional. My service dog Sophie, is for Mobility, seizure alert, and diabetic alert. They are the sweetest and the best behaved, That I’ve ever known. When we are out and about people always ask questions. Regarding their breed, as well surprised that this breed is allowed to be a service animal. I told them there is nothing wrong with the breed. The problem is the owners, not the breed. Thank you again sir Patrick Stewart, for Being a pitbull advocate.

  27. It's funny, probably something to do with him having had the same image all those years, but for the longest time, Patrick Stewart was ageless, then – BAM! – he suddenly got REAL old.

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