Sir Patrick Stewart, a renowned actor noted for his roles on stage and screen, including Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek, Professor X from the X-Men franchise, and, of course, Poop from The Emoji Movie, is adding some class to quarantine.
Stewart is providing fans with soothing readings of Shakespearean sonnets that he is posting in the form of videos on his Twitter account.
He has been posting one video per day since March 21, with the inaugural sonnet being Sonnet 116.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 21, 2020
The posts have become incredibly popular on social media, with many viewers finding them to be a welcomed solace for easing their anxiety and uncertainty surrounding this unprecedented time in modern history.
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Stewart was overwhelmed with the response to his first video and inspired to reveal the reasoning behind his coping strategy in self-isolation.
“When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn’t much), and as she put it in front of me, she would say, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away,'” Stewart wrote in a tweet.
“How about, ‘A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away’?”
2. When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn’t much) and as she put it in front of me she would say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” How about, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”? So…here we go: Sonnet 1. pic.twitter.com/kDoMNhdqcI
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 22, 2020
Stewart’s heartwarming message and initiative is another way in which stars are using their power of celebrity to spread positivity.
For example, Andrew Lloyd Webber has been posting videos of him performing hits from his musicals for fans to brighten their days.