Patrick Stewart would look strange with hair. After all, his baldness is his iconic feature.
And while he agrees these days, he felt mortified when he began losing his hair at 19.
In an interview he gave to the BBC in 2007, Stewart, currently starring in Logan, said he had a horrendous comb-over, which even changed the way he walked because he didn’t want to bring attention to his thinning hair.
“I wore hats all the time, caps, especially if it was windy,” Stewart told Michael Parkinson.
The day he finally accepted his baldness — although he would still wear a toupee to auditions — is an epic tale, which involves a judo black belt and a physical altercation after a friendly lunch.
“There was a man who had been at drama school with me … he was a good, loyal friend to me. He was also a judo black belt,” Stewart began. “He and his wife invited me for lunch one day. It was very nice, bottle of wine. And the two of them got up after lunch, I thought they were going to make coffee or something, and all of a sudden, I was grabbed from behind … and then his wife appeared in front of me with a pair of scissors.”
Stewart makes it clear he did not give up without a fight. We don’t want to spoil the rest, but the advice Stewart was given once it was all over is priceless.