The Star Trek actor, who has died in a freak car accident, was beginning to mature into a performer of heartbreaking sensitivity and impressive range
Fans of Jeremy Saulniers ultraviolent horror Green Room will have enjoyed an irony in the casting maybe even suspected a deliberate extra-textual joke. A struggling punk band find themselves stranded in the middle of Oregon, their van conked out in a field, and desperate for some cash agree to play at a roadhouse exclusively patronised by neo-Nazi skinheads. They want to do the gig, get paid and get out, but things get complicated when they chance across a dead body backstage. The venue is run by a very sinister old white bald guy called Darcy, played by Patrick Stewart associated by many with his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The bands moody-yet sympathetic bass guitarist Pat is played by Anton Yelchin widely associated with his breakout role as Chekov, in the rebooted first-gen movie series of Star Trek.