MacFarlane: Don’t waste Patrick Stewart!

Seth MacFarlane thinks famed Shakespearean thespian Patrick Stewart can be put to better use in comedy films.

Patrick Stewart has been “wasted” on dramatic roles, according to Seth MacFarlane.

The 75-year-old actor started his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has maintained a reputation for being a distinguished emotional thespian ever since.

However, Patrick’s latest career move sees him take on the role of British journalist Walter Blunt in Starz network comedy series Blunt Talk, produced by Ted creator Seth.

Following an airing of the premiere episode of Blunt Talk at the DGA Theater Complex in Hollywood, Seth told the audience he was thrilled to be able to explore Patrick’s comedic skills.

“I watched a lot of Star Trek: The Next Generation as a kid, and I had the same thought that I’m sure everyone here had,” Seth said at the screening, according to Variety.

“Why is this great comedian being wasted on drama? I wanted to put right what I saw as a great wrong.”

In Blunt Talk Patrick’s persona Walter attempts to use his Los Angeles news programme to help fix problems in America, while also battling personal issues including drug and alcohol abuse.

In order to get into character for Walter, Patrick met with British journalist Piers Morgan.

And the meeting went so well that Patrick is keen to invite Piers to make a cameo on the series at some point in the future.

“I had breakfast with Piers,” Patrick said.

“I was really interested in what it felt like being an English journalist coming to work on an American TV show.

"He talked a lot about that and gave me a lot of other advice too.

"And I’m pretty certain we will be inviting Piers to be on the show.”

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