Mr. Stewart Loves His Trekkies

Patrick Stewart is opening on Broadway in "Macbeth." He spoke to Nicki Gostin.

Everyone says you're a lock for the Tony.
I get very nervous, because like most people in show business I'm very superstitious. I'm old enough to know you must never, ever predict anything.

"Macbeth" is supposed to be cursed. Do you have any lucky charms?
I have my little routines. I always put my left boot on before my right boot, and I have a little mantra that I go through right before I go onstage.

Lady Macbeth. Misunderstood?
Let's make no bones about it, they are both very bad. It is a codependent relationship.

I always thought Macbeth was a little henpecked.
My Lady Macbeth is less than half my age. That explains a lot.

Did you ever get sick of the jumpsuit on "Star Trek"?
Sick of it? I came to loathe it. We actually got rid of it after the second season thanks to my chiropractor, who said if they don't take you out of that costume we are going to slap a lawsuit on Paramount for the lasting damage done to your spine.

How does a jumpsuit damage your spine?
They were made from Lycra and one size too small. The producers wanted to have a smooth, unwrinkled look. It put a terrible amount of strain on the shoulders, neck and back.

When you're onstage, aren't you worried about weird Trekkie fans in the audience?
Oh, come on, that's just a silly thing to say.

But they are weird.
How many do you know personally? You couldn't be more wrong. Here's the thing: if you say the fans are weird, that means there is something essentially weird about the show, and there is nothing weird about it. I'm very passionate when people like you snigger.

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