Come December, look for Captain Picard and co. to face a new alien foe in Star Trek: Nemesis. "Romulus has a sister planet called of course, as you'd expect Remus," Patrick Stewart tells TV Guide Online. "So you're going to meet the inhabitants of that planet, the Remans, who are quite unlike anything you've seen before."
How so? Picard's portrayer is tight-lipped, wary of spoiling the surprise for Trekkers. "I think they might be the most successful aliens [makeup designer] Michael Westmore has ever produced I even include the Borg in saying this," he declares. "He's brought an alien race to life in an entirely convincing way. There's something very novel and unique in their design. They're imposing and sinister in a very different way from the Borg."
Sadly, Stewart's "girlfriend-free" in this movie. "There is romance and there is also sex," he hints, "but Picard is not involved in either." Unlike his previous Trek films, he's also free of a producing credit. "Brent Spiner [who plays Data] took my role this time," Stewart says, "and he worked with [Trek producer] Rick Berman and John Logan Gladiator) on the story. It's been a great thing for us to have a non-Star Trek writer. Logan is a fine writer, but also a big fan of the TV series. He remembers the names of the episodes and so forth!"
Ever the adventurer, Stewart went to "cowboy school" and donned a Texan accent for his upcoming TNT movie, King of Texas (debuting June 2). Think Shakespeare's King Lear, set in the Old West with Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and Lauren Holly as Lear's deliciously diabolical daughters! "Lauren's character gets increasingly worse as the movie goes on," Stewart previews. "She frightens me!"
Now, the biggest question: Does Stewart prefer wielding a six-shooter or a phaser? "Those phasers are not easy [for an actor] to fire!" he laughs. "They have no recoil you just point them. When we were shooting Nemesis, there were several takes we had to abandon because Patrick was standing there in his spacesuit going, 'Pow! Pow!' adding my own sound effects! They said, 'We add that in later.'"