Star Trek: Picard actor Patrick Stewart got political while promoting the upcoming Star Trek show and his stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
During an interview with Variety, Stewart took aim at both the United States and United Kingdom’s leaders in President Donald Trump and Boris Johnson.
He noted that Star Trek: Picard is him “responding to the world of Brexit and Trump and feeling, ‘Why hasn’t the Federation changed? Why hasn’t Starfleet changed?’ Maybe they’re not as reliable and trustworthy as we all thought.”
From there he goes full bore into his political views. Commenting on both the UK and the United States, he questions, “I’m not sure which one of us is in the most trouble?”
He answers his own question, “I think it’s actually the U.K. I think we’re f*****, completely f*****.”
He then comments on the United States, “There is a time limit to your f***** state, which is four years away.”
He does express a hope that the United States can change, but believes [Trump] will likely get reelected.”
The actor also had something to say about his stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Stewart starred as Ebenezer Scrooge in a 1999 TV movie; however, this stage adaptation sees Stewart play 30 different characters. He originally performed the play three decades ago and the two night performance will be the first one in 16 years.
Variety’s Daniel Holloway details that Stewart describes the play “as a ‘profoundly angry attack’ on a society that treats marginalized people as subhuman.'” Stewart adds, “Forget about Tiny Tim and all that stuff. It’s a political document.”
This isn’t the first time that the seasoned actor has used press tours and events as a reason to promote his political views. Back in November during a panel discussion about Star Trek: Picard at Paris Comic Con. The actor spoke about the importance of diversity in the world of entertainment as well as his embarrassment regarding the Brexit vote.
The actor has also taken part in anti-Brexit rallies and further emphasized his embarrassment about how the people of the U.K. voted.
Star Trek: Picard goes live on CBS All Access on January 23rd in the United States and Amazon Prime globally.