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Patrick Stewart says ‘very big temptation’ needed to reprise Star Trek role

The Star Trek actor also described one of his greatest regrets: missing an opportunity to meet late Hollywood legend Marlon Brando

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British actor Patrick Stewart has said he would need to a “very big temptation” to reprise his famous role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in TV sci-fi hit Star Trek.

“It would have to be a very big temptation – and I’m not talking about money. I mean, it would have to be a new, exciting and unusual idea,” Stewart told UAE-based daily The National on Sunday.

“If J J Abrams or Paramount were to come up with a really novel idea, then I think it might possibly be entertaining. But I can tell you now, it ain’t gonna happen,” he added.

Stewart also described one of his greatest regrets: missing an opportunity to meet the late Hollywood legend Marlon Brando, famous for his roles as the aging criminal underworld patriarch in the 1972 crime drama The Godfather, and as a macho biker in the 1953 outlaw film The Wild One.

“I was young and felt I didn’t have the guts to go through with an encounter with the man who had been my screen idol for most of my early years as an actor,” Stewart told the newspaper.

The 74-year-old actor, who is also known for his role as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series and a number of Shakespearean stage performances, was in Dubai to attend a red carpet dinner held in his honor.