Re: Was Picard a generic action hero in the movies?
The TNG movies felt to me like they wrote the scripts, then decided to switch all of Rikers activities with Picards.
That's actually true for First Contact.
Anyway, Picard did turn into an action hero in the movies. Generations Picard was the closest to TV Picard though. FC Picard is action hero Picard, but because the movie doesn't suck, it's relatively bearable.
“I live my life a quarter parsec at a time. Nothing else matters: not the ship, not Starfleet, not my crew and all their bullcrap. For those ten seconds or less, I'm free.” -- Capt. Jean Luc Picard