There are two things that everyone knows about Sir Patrick Stewart: he has a brilliant actory voice, and he has a lovely bald noggin.
While they were getting Star Trek: The Next Generation into shape in the late 1980s, however, it looks like they wanted to cover up the latter as someone had the terrible idea of putting the actor in a wig for the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
Thankfully, it didn't make it into the actual show, but a test photo has been doing the rounds on Twitter and it is terrifying:
I knew that they initially tried to make Patrick Stewart wear a wig for Captain Picard but I’d never seen the test photo and now my day is complete. pic.twitter.com/VadkGygtrI- Paul Haine (@paul_haine) January 12, 2018
Just look at the pure horror in his eyes.
We all know that early seasons of The Next Generation weren't great, due in no small part to the influence of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. One of the things old Gene didn't like about the show was... the casting of Patrick Stewart.
The actor recently admitted that there was "warfare" amongst the producers, and the franchise's founding father had to be "worn down" on many issues, including Stewart's casting.
"Gene and I did not have a close relationship," Stewart said last year. "We had a respectful relationship. Gene had very strongly felt that I was wrong for the role, I am told."
In the early days of The Next Generation, Stewart himself didn't think that the show would last more than one season and he was using it as an excuse to get himself a tan.
The show ended up running for seven seasons between 1987 and 1994, gave birth to a handful of movies and spin-off TV shows, and turned Sir Patrick Stewart into one of geekdom's favourite actors.
The latest Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery, is currently airing on Netflix and CBS All Access.
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