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In his recently released memoir, “Making It So,” Patrick Stewart candidly discusses his experience working on the 2002 film “Star Trek: Nemesis.” This film marked the fourth and final installment featuring the cast of “The Next Generation” in the “Star Trek” franchise, with Stewart reprising his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. However, according to Stewart, this particular adventure in space left much to be desired.
Stewart openly expresses his dissatisfaction with “Nemesis,” describing it as “particularly weak” in his memoir. He reflects on his portrayal of Captain Picard and how the film didn’t offer him any standout or exciting scenes. Additionally, Stewart singles out a fellow actor, Tom Hardy, who played the movie’s antagonist, Shinzon.
At the time of “Star Trek: Nemesis,” Tom Hardy was not a widely recognized name in the film industry. Stewart recalls his experience working alongside Hardy, highlighting the actor’s rather reclusive and isolated behavior during the production of the movie.
According to Stewart, Hardy rarely interacted with the rest of the cast on a social level. He didn’t exchange pleasantries, such as “Good morning” or “Goodnight,” with his fellow actors. Instead, Hardy spent his off-set hours in his trailer with his girlfriend. Stewart clarifies that Hardy wasn’t hostile, but his distant demeanor made it challenging for the cast to establish any meaningful connection with him.
Stewart reminisces about the day Hardy completed his role in the film. In typical fashion, Hardy left without any fanfare or warm goodbyes. Stewart turned to his co-stars Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes, expressing his doubts about Hardy’s future in the industry. He quietly remarked, “And there goes someone I think we shall never hear of again.”
As history reveals, Patrick Stewart’s early skepticism about Tom Hardy’s career was completely off the mark. At the time of “Star Trek: Nemesis,” it was only Hardy’s third feature film. Subsequently, he went on to secure supporting roles in movies like “Layer Cake” and “Marie Antoinette.” However, it was his exceptional performances in projects like “Bronson” and “Inception” that propelled him to stardom, firmly establishing him as a highly respected and acclaimed actor in the industry.