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X-Men star Patrick Stewart in foul-mouthed tirade at fan who took picture in theatre
Daily Record ^ | 16 April 2009 | Jane Hamilton

Posted on 04/16/2009 11:01:16 AM PDT by AreaMan

X-Men star Patrick Stewart in foul-mouthed tirade at fan who took picture in theatre

Apr 16 2009

By Jane Hamilton

HOLLYWOOD star Patrick Stewart launched a foul-mouthed tirade at a fan who took a picture of him onstage.

He called the man an "a***hole" as he queued to get the actor's autograph following a stage performance.

The 68-year-old X-Men star is touring with acting legend Sir Ian McKellan in Samuel Becket's classic play Waiting For Godot.

As the fan waited outside the King's Theatre in Edinburgh afterwards, Stewart pointed his fingers and shouted: "Can you sleep at night?" His co-star Sir Ian looked shocked by the outburst which Stewart continued as he signed other autographs.

A witness said: "There were at least 40 people waiting for autographs and this guy had a big camera and was waiting with a woman at the front of the queue.

Rude

"One of the backstage people came out and said the actors wouldn't pose for pictures or sign anything other than show material in a rather pompous tone." Actor Ronald Pickup was first out followed by Stewart and then McKellan.

The witness added: "The woman the guy was with was getting her programme signed.

"Stewart suddenly looked up and said, 'Are you the a***hole who was sitting at the front tonight? You know, what I really want to know is how you can sleep at night? I really hope you're pleased with yourself'.

"The woman was horrified and clearly upset and walked off but the guy brassed it out.

"Someone said he tried to take a sneaky picture of McKellan and Stewart taking their encore at the end of the show and was caught by one of the stewards."

Another witness said: "I think they thought he was paparazzi or something because he had such a big camera but he didn't do anybody harm."

A spokeswoman for the theatre said: "It is generally regarded as rude and inconsiderate to take photographs during a live performance of this kind.

"The theatre displays signs throughout the building that photography and filming on any recording device is strictly prohibited.

"We have received a number of complaints from performers and audience. It is very disappointing that these people are willing to risk ruining the evening for everyone else."

Stewart is best known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek:TNG and Professor Xavier in the X-Men films.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Unclassified; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: arts; entertainment; hollywood; stewart; uk; xmen
Captain Picard loses it.

How dare someone interrupt the sacred art of pretending to be someone else.

1 posted on 04/16/2009 11:01:17 AM PDT by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan

Yeah, screw decorum. What we want, when we want it, that’s what I say.


2 posted on 04/16/2009 11:02:47 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: AreaMan

I guess the fan wasn’t waiting for Godot.


3 posted on 04/16/2009 11:04:12 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (YES WE CAN have a Depression.)
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To: Wolfie

Actually it was pretty rude and crass to interrupt the play. Mr. Stewart’s reaction was just as classless.


4 posted on 04/16/2009 11:05:00 AM PDT by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan

I like it. We bitch and moan about the death of politeness in society, we forget that one of the ways politeness used to be enforced was with the pointed finger and public shaming (and maybe even the occasional beat down). If the guy was taking pictures (probably against the rules of the establishment in the first place) in such a way that it was noticeable on stage he is an a$$#0le and a bit of public dressing down might teach him a lesson.


5 posted on 04/16/2009 11:05:20 AM PDT by razorboy
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To: AreaMan
If the rules clearly prohibit photography then the rant was perfectly justified.

Still, it would have been funny if Stewart had yelled out Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-aaaaaaaan. :)

6 posted on 04/16/2009 11:05:53 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: AreaMan

The dude was probably establishing a COA for his Ebay auction of the programme.


7 posted on 04/16/2009 11:06:10 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: AreaMan

He took the picture at the end during the encore. I guess one really needs to concentrate awfully hard when smiling and taking a bow while people are applauding.


8 posted on 04/16/2009 11:07:21 AM PDT by liege
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To: AreaMan

I think he’s right. If he thought the guy was paparazzi. If he didn’t, still it’s low class or no class to be taking flash shots of a stage performance and really disruptive for the paying audience as well.


9 posted on 04/16/2009 11:08:19 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism, it's the new black.)
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To: AreaMan
What do you expect from a guy who would kill a king and marry his wife? This fan is just lucky he didn't end up full of earpoison!


10 posted on 04/16/2009 11:08:50 AM PDT by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: AreaMan

11 posted on 04/16/2009 11:09:33 AM PDT by DM1
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Exactly. These guys who go from stage door to stage door getting signed photos to sell on ebay take away from the real fans.


12 posted on 04/16/2009 11:10:44 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism, it's the new black.)
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To: OrangeHoof

Who is?


13 posted on 04/16/2009 11:13:01 AM PDT by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: razorboy
Yeah, I suppose you are right.

But whenever I hear of a situation like this I am reminded of a scene from War Games when one of the scientists (played by Dabney Coleman) insults the General in charge of NORAD (played by Barry Corbin) by calling him a "Pig eyed sack of sh*t."

The General responds, "Oh, I was hoping for something a little better than that from you, sir. A man of your education."

I was expecting something classier from Professor Xavier, but I guess a**hole will have to do.

14 posted on 04/16/2009 11:13:08 AM PDT by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan

Sounds like Ms. Hamilton has issues with Mr. Stewart.


15 posted on 04/16/2009 11:13:29 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: AreaMan

I’m with Picard on this one.


16 posted on 04/16/2009 11:14:04 AM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: AreaMan

Where’s Worf when he’s needed?


17 posted on 04/16/2009 11:14:55 AM PDT by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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To: AreaMan
A spokeswoman for the theatre said: "It is generally regarded as rude and inconsiderate to take photographs during a live performance of this kind.

The encore is NOT performance. It is accepting accolades FOR a performance.

18 posted on 04/16/2009 11:14:59 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (IRONY - we know more about the First Dog's historical papers than we do of President Barack.)
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To: razorboy
I agree with you completely. As the article notes, "The theatre displays signs throughout the building that photography and filming on any recording device is strictly prohibited."

The shutterbug was rude, and completely in the wrong.

19 posted on 04/16/2009 11:15:26 AM PDT by JennysCool (Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action - Ian Fleming)
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To: AreaMan
How dare one man think that everyone wants to hear his camera, see his flash, listen to him advance the film. etc.

Good for Patrick Stewart.

People paid to see a play, not to be blinded by flash or interrupted by rustling.

Same with people who bring cell phones, pagers, iPods, etc. You can't possibly be that important if you need to bring any of those things with you to remind you have how important you are.

The idea that "I want to do something selfish, and no one else is as important as I am" needs to be stomped out. And if it takes some bald British guy to do it, good on Jean Luc.

20 posted on 04/16/2009 11:17:57 AM PDT by mountainbunny (Mitt Romney: Collect the whole set!her way.)
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To: AreaMan

Actors = talking props.


21 posted on 04/16/2009 11:21:07 AM PDT by telebob
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To: AreaMan

I’m with Stewart. Fracking cameras in theatres.


22 posted on 04/16/2009 11:21:09 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: AreaMan

So what did Picard do wrong?


23 posted on 04/16/2009 11:21:55 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: DM1

Yah, well...in one ST:TNG episode, he actually DID talk an alien to DEATH. He’s just sour that New Young Kirk is so Kick@$$!


24 posted on 04/16/2009 11:22:51 AM PDT by 50sDad (The mainstream media is the only watch dog that decides what it is going to bark at.)
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To: LRS

Klingons don’t wait for Godot. They go get him.


25 posted on 04/16/2009 11:23:40 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

Bravo! Applause, applause!


26 posted on 04/16/2009 11:24:49 AM PDT by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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To: AreaMan

He is an idiot and a big lib.


27 posted on 04/16/2009 11:25:10 AM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: AreaMan

So you don’t mind paying a fortune to see a play and have some moron’s flash going off? Cell phones and digital cameras have turned modern man into self-idolizing slugs.


28 posted on 04/16/2009 11:26:10 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged
So what did Picard do wrong?

Nothing.

It is just amusing to hear about an actor throwing a hissy-fit. This confrontation is like a fight between a rat and a snake...I wish they both could lose.

29 posted on 04/16/2009 11:26:33 AM PDT by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan

30 posted on 04/16/2009 11:28:26 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I hear the words of Jefferson louder and louder as each day passes)
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To: Deb
No, you are right, people are often inconsiderate and rude.
Mankind has always been self-idolizing but modern technology has just added lights and sounds.
31 posted on 04/16/2009 11:28:36 AM PDT by AreaMan
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To: pnh102

Oh my. Wrong Enterprise Captain. Back to Star Trek 101 for you.


32 posted on 04/16/2009 11:42:46 AM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: saganite
Oh my. Wrong Enterprise Captain. Back to Star Trek 101 for you.

You better not be suggesting that I am not experienced, and that my patterns indicate two dimensional thinking!

But yea I know it was Kirk who called out Khan... it is just funny watching Picard lose it too LOL.

33 posted on 04/16/2009 11:45:20 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: pnh102

I figured you probably knew but were just hyper dimensionally transposing their actions. Picard would be more likely to say “resistance is futile”. ;^)


34 posted on 04/16/2009 11:49:43 AM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: AreaMan

These new actors are tiresome types, fantastically well paid, in the public eye, making their gargantuan incomes from the pockets of hardworking, or even if not, fans, and then have a tantrum.

At a picture! From an actor on TV! Boohoo, poor baby!


35 posted on 04/16/2009 11:55:16 AM PDT by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: Frantzie
"He is an idiot and a big lib."

Probably true. I am starting to suspect that the same genetic gifts that make someone a great actor also subtract from the cognitive function of the brain. Much the way that the more extreme idiot savant displays massive abilities in one area at the expense of every other. Stuart is obviously a fine actor and this piece of work in the audience richly deserved a smack down. I just wish that Stuart had done it with a little more class.

36 posted on 04/16/2009 12:08:48 PM PDT by Desron13 (If you constantly vote between the lesser of two evils then evil is your ultimate destination.)
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To: AreaMan
Generally speaking, I thought that you are never supposed to do that to an actor. I mean, going back over half a century it's been a major "DON'T DO THAT!"....
37 posted on 04/16/2009 12:11:11 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: AreaMan
"Someone said he tried to take a sneaky picture of McKellan and Stewart taking their encore at the end of the show and was caught by one of the stewards."

I've got to say, Stewart is a real ass if the guy only took a snap of him answering another curtain call. What is the act of taking a picture really? It's the act of compliment. It means the person either admires the actor or thinks the actor has the level of stature to be worthy of taking a photo of.

Stewart just slapped a fan who cared enough to purchase a front row seat. If I were a fan of his and saw him act this way, I would have said loudly what an asshole I thought he was, and that this would be the last time I'd waste a dime going to see a prick of his magnitude.

I went to see Debbie Reynolds last year. She had a nice show in a local theater. Some friends invited us, and I'll have to admit I wasn't all that thrilled.

When we walked in, we were surprised to see that she invited folks to take pictures. I did. They turned out quite nice actually. Phylis Diller appeared in Glendale about five years ago. I took photos of her afterwords, and they also turned out great.

That's how you endear fans Mr. Stuart.

What an asshole...

BTW theaters, when people take shots without a flash, they are creating memories which are much more likely to have them come back to your theater.

Years ago the Dodgers went through a period when they wouldn't let cameras into the stadium. They thought their rights to materials would be harmed. No, these are simply fans creating a memory, one that when they review the photos, will make them want to return to the park where they had a good time before.

38 posted on 04/16/2009 12:11:21 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: mountainbunny

I’ve got to agree. The last time I saw a curtain call, I would have been horrified if someone had ruined the sublime moment for me. /s

Get a grip.


39 posted on 04/16/2009 12:12:27 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: LRS

Actually, what needed to happen was for Stewart to leave the room and have Jonathan Frakes take his place for a few minutes. Whenever that happened on TNG, something got blowed up real good.


40 posted on 04/16/2009 12:12:36 PM PDT by j-damn
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To: DoughtyOne
I thought an encore is an gratuitous performance. It sounds like this selfish fan shot his picture during a performance which is extraordinarily rude behavior.
41 posted on 04/16/2009 12:23:02 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Varda

We don’t know that he shot using a flash, so he may not have done something that many people were aware of. He may have as well. If there was performing going on, I don’t support his shot. If he used a flash I don’t support it either.

I do believe the theaters are being very shortsighted if they are forbidding a shot during the final bows. And that is what I was referencing.

Thanks for the alternative opinion.


42 posted on 04/16/2009 12:42:01 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: AreaMan

You don’t want to get too creative with that type, they might not be smart enough to know you insulted them.


43 posted on 04/16/2009 1:01:44 PM PDT by razorboy
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To: JennysCool

I just hope he learned something, getting cussed out by Patrick Stewart should be a learning experience.


44 posted on 04/16/2009 1:03:22 PM PDT by razorboy
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To: AreaMan

I’m sick of people thinking rules and courtesy don’t apply to them, so cheers for the good Captain.


45 posted on 04/16/2009 1:06:31 PM PDT by JenB987
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To: AreaMan
I had to chuckle a little at the urbane and gentlemanly Patrick Stewart. His depreciating wit at down playing his attraction for myriad women. Saying that it was rather a little late for him to find this "new" popularity. I then remembered about a flamboyant but troubled actress, who is extensively reviewed in "Heir Not Apparent" by Suzanne Finstad. She was Marion Manola whose daughter married into the Hughes family- the multi-millionaire.

She was on stage in the late 1890's when a flash camera went off. She broke off, visibly upset and later returned. Then followed a law suit. (Manola V Stevens & Myers). Quite a court case. The law of the "Right to Privacy" as stated by Justice Warren and Brandeis(1890). was used in the case.

Well I have to give the edge to Mr Stewart. Even though many entertainers by their arrogance and self importance, set them up for rude and pushy others, Mr Stewart is the soul of politeness usually.

He has his rights.

46 posted on 04/16/2009 1:21:56 PM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: LRS

47 posted on 04/16/2009 6:51:54 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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