The upcoming Starz series features the normally dignified actor on his worst behavior

By Andrea Park
Updated June 04, 2015 02:00 PM
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Cocaine, pills and cop cars, oh my!

In an exclusive sneak peek at Starz’s upcoming new series Blunt Talk, Sir Patrick Stewart appears to be attempting to give The Wolf of Wall Street a run for its money.

In the show, Stewart, 74, plays the host of a nightly cable news show who pledges “never to stop fighting for what is right” onscreen but, once the cameras are off, engages in morally questionable behavior.

He takes pulls from a flask at work, battles his right hand man, played by The King’s Speech‘s Adrian Scarborough, with a pool cue and gets hauled off in the back of a police car.

If you’ve ever wanted to hear distinguished Royal Shakespeare Company actor Stewart, best known for playing wise, dignified characters in Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men, laud the merits of a line of cocaine that apparently contains the perfect “ratio of speed to cocaine,” this is your show.

Blunt Talk – which is executive produced by Seth MacFarlane and comes from creator Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death) – premieres Aug. 22 at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.