Sir Patrick Stewart has played many roles: Macbeth. Professor X in X-Men. Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Real-life British knight. Man who sips champagne from a boot.
Stewart performed the latter on Sunday at the Canadian Grand Prix, an annual auto race in Montreal that’s part of the Formula One World Championship.
The British actor drank boot-bubbly alongside Daniel Ricciardo, an Australian driver who first introduced the quirky celebration to Formula One. The “shoey” is apparently the brainchild of some beer-loving Aussie outdoorsmen.
Stewart was interviewing drivers after Sunday’s race when Ricciardo, who placed third, slipped off his right boot and tipped an enormous bottle of champagne into it. He then removed his right boot, filled it up, and proffered the foot sweat-infused drink to Stewart.
The actor gamely took the boot in his hand and chugged its contents as champers spilled down the front of his shirt.
“I am proud of you for doing that,” Lewis Hamilton, who won the Canadian Grand Prix, reportedly told Stewart.
There’s a reason Queen Elizabeth knighted Stewart, after all.