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'X-Men' star Patrick Stewart to Stephen Colbert: I fly coach for the people


By Tim Molloy

Sir Patrick Stewart, British knight, captain of the USS Enterprise and leader of the X-Men -- once tried to fly coach. And only his knighthood could save him.

Promoting "X-Men: Days of Future Past," Stewart told Stephen Colbert that he received an upgrade on British Airlines just after he was knighted.

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"That means you booked a flight for yourself in coach," Colbert said on Thursday's "Colbert Report. "I respect that more than anything else you've said here tonight. That's true courage, my friend."

Stewart said he had populist motivations.

"I like -- and this will represent to you where I stand politically -- I like to be close to the people," he said. "I don't believe in privilege. I don't believe in hierarchies."

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The man who plays Professor X read Colbert's mind: Then why accept a knighthood?

"I accepted a knighthood on behalf of the people," Stewart volunteered.

Colbert totally got it.

"Same thing here. I get paid a lot of money to do the show, and I accept it on behalf of the people," he said.

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