8:51pm PT by Andy Lewis
Patrick Stewart Opposing Trump by Applying for U.S. Citizenship
If you’re a Star Trek fan (or X-Men) or a Democrat, Patrick Stewart has found a silver lining to Donald Trump’s election as president: He’s applying to become a United States citizen.
The actor best known as Professor Xavier and Captain Picard revealed the news on The View, where Stewart was promoting Logan, the final standalone Wolverine film that opens March 3.
The hosts asked Stewart about this tweet:
Had the worst sleep of my life last night. But I was sleeping less than 300 yds from where Donald Trump sleeps. Could there be a connection?— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 10, 2017
He said it was a perfectly “innocent tweet” but also revealed that he and wife Sunny Ozell had gone to D.C. to have dinners with three friends, “Washington insiders,” to get advice on how to oppose Trump. Out of those conversations came the decision to apply for citizenship.
“I’m not a citizen,” he said. “However, there is, maybe it’s the only good thing, as the result of this election: I am now applying for citizenship. Because I want to be an American too.”
He added, “All of my friends in Washington said, ‘There is one thing you can do. Fight, fight, oppose, oppose."
Stewart, a native of Yorkshire, England, has lived on and off in the United States since securing the role of Jean-Luc Picard in the 1980s. Since 2012, when he was dating Ozell (they married in 2013), he has lived in Brooklyn.
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