For decades, Patrick Stewart has portrayed characters on television and in movies who stood up for what they believed was right. Now, the British actor is making a stand in the real world, having applied for United States citizenship in order to stand by his friends and oppose the policies of President Donald Trump.
Stewart made the announcement while promoting his final turn as Professor X in "Logan" on "The View." The actor explained, "I'm not a [United States] citizen, however, there is -- maybe it's the only good thing as a result of this election. I am now applying for citizenship. Because I want to be an American, too, because all of my friends in Washington [D.C.] said there is one thing you can do: Fight, fight, oppose, oppose. And I can't do it, because I'm not a citizen!"
Since Trump's election as President of the United States, Stewart has been a vocal opponent of the former reality show host's actions, voicing his displeasure on social media. "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?" Stewart posted on Twitter in mid-February, following up a few days later with another tweet pointing out, "His NSA has resigned and his first piece of policy is ruled unconstitutional. Slippery slope! And soon this charlatan will be on it."
Stewart has also expressed disappointment in the political climate of his home country, lamenting Brexit with the View's hosts ahead of his announcement. The actor previously stated on Twitter that as a result of his country voting to withdraw from the European Union, he was "embarrassed to be British."
First time back in continental Europe since Brexit. I was once so proud to be part of the Union. Now embarrassed to be British.— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) January 18, 2017
“Logan," which features Stewart's final turn as Charles Xavier, is in theaters now, starring Hugh Jackman, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant.