Patrick Stewart on playing ‘arrogant’ and ‘chaotic’ newsman in new comedy ‘Blunt Talk’ [Exclusive Video]

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“Walter thinks he is the man that knows exactly what the United States needs. A little bit arrogant perhaps, but it gave him an attitude. That was a nice launchpad for the bulk of the series,” says Patrick Stewart in our recent webchat (watch below) about his new Starz comedy “Blunt Talk.” Stewart plays Walter Blunt, an over-the-top British cable newsman now living in Los Angeles and working as a talk show host after several failed marriages. The role has all the catnip usually preferred by awards voters — delinquent behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, and being a hard-nosed boss who is passionate about his job.

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The actor adds, “Walter’s private life is somewhat chaotic and somewhat undesirable as are the private lives of his inner circle. It’s this combination of serious, committed reporting coupled with the chaos and wildness and sometimes even illegality of the way that Walter lives.”

Stewart never received a nomination at the Emmys or Golden Globes for his iconic role of Captain Jean Luc Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” But now he might be on a path to his first major awards success for this completely different type of character on “Blunt Talk.”

The program debuted in August and is the brainchild of “Bored to Death” creator Jonathan Ames and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane. The cast includes double Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Adrian Scarborough, and Timm Sharp.

In addition to his work in the “Star Trek” sequel series and feature films, he has also had great sci-fi success as Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” movies. But most of his most well-known roles have been on television, especially in telefilms and miniseries. A look back at his awards history:

Four Emmy nominations: “Moby Dick” (1998), “The Lion in Winter” producing (2004), “Extras” (2006), and “Hamlet” (2010) with no wins.

Two Golden Globe nominations: “Moby Dick” (1999) and “The Lion in Winter” (2005) with no wins.

Three SAG nominations: “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1995), “A Christmas Carol” (2000) and “Macbeth” (2011) with no wins.

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