Patrick Stewart admits that since he first worked with his fellow Brit, he didn’t expect Tom Hardy’s Hollywood career to last more than 20 years.
Stewart wrote in his memoir “Making It So” (via insider) that filming “Star Trek: Nemesis” in 2002 alongside Hardy created a “challenging” dynamic with the future “Venom” star, who largely kept to himself on set.
“Tom would not interact with any of us on a social level,” Stewart wrote. “Never said ‘good morning’, never ‘goodnight’ and spent the hours he didn’t need on set in his trailer with his girlfriend.”
The actor added: “He wasn’t hostile at all – it was just a challenge to build a relationship with him.”
Hardy portrayed the film’s villain, Shinzon, a clone of Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard.
“‘Nemesis,’ which came out in 2002, was particularly weak,” Stewart wrote of the Star Trek episode. “I didn’t have a single exciting scene to play, and the actor who played the film’s villain, Shinzon, was a strange, lonely young man from London. His name was Tom Hardy.”
Stewart continued: “The night Tom ended his role, he typically left without ceremony or niceties and just walked out the door. As it closed, I quietly said yes [co-stars] Brent [Spiner] and Jonathan [Frakes]”And there’s someone I don’t think we’ll ever hear from again. It gives me great pleasure that Tom has proven me wrong.”
Hardy most recently starred in Mike Nichols’ The Bikeriders. Director Nichols told IndieWire that Hardy was like a “tornado” on set.
“Tom doesn’t strike me as an actor, especially not in the traditional sense. He’s like a force,” Nichols said. “It’s like a hurricane or a tornado. Like sitting back and watching. But then when you have everything, it vibrates.”