Whenever the lion fish in the fish tank in the captain’s ready room died it was always a sad moment.
We’ve heard from many teachers that they used episodes of Star Trek and concepts of Star Trek in their science classrooms in order to engage the students.
I had come to the point when I realized it was unlikely that my film career was going to move beyond a certain level of role. And I was – because I had graphic instances of it – handicapped by the success of Star Trek. A director would say ‘I don’t want Jean-Luc Picard in my movie’ – and this was compounded by X-Men as well.
I certainly wanted to maintain some sense of mystery about Picard and that’s why we never allowed certain situations to fully evolve like the relationship between Picard and Beverly Crusher.
I am told that there have been over the years a number of experiments taking place in places like Massachusetts Institute of Technology that have been entirely based on concepts raised by Star Trek.
Having played many roles of scientific intellect I do have an empathy for that world. It’s been hard on me because flying the Enterprise for seven years in Star Trek and sitting in Cerebro in X-men has led people to believe that I know what I’m talking about. But I’m still trying to work out how to operate the air conditioning unit on my car.