Patrick Stewart Doubts Tom Hardy's Hollywood Success

From doubtful beginnings to mutual respect in Hollywood

by Zain ul Abedin
Patrick Stewart Doubts Tom Hardy's Hollywood Success
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Over two decades ago, Patrick Stewart and Tom Hardy shared screen time in 'Star Trek: Nemesis', a film that became a defining memory for both. Recently, Sir Patrick Stewart delved deep into this experience in his memoir, "Making It So", admitting he initially doubted Hardy's potential for success in Hollywood.

When Hardy concluded his role in 'Star Trek: Nemesis', Stewart candidly remembered thinking, "This may be the last we hear of him." At that point, Hardy, who portrayed the film's antagonist, Shinzon, was relatively new to the Hollywood scene. Stewart's early impression of Hardy painted him as an “odd, solitary young man from London." Hardy's reserved nature was noticeable as he often isolated himself, not interacting much with his co-stars. This wasn't due to any animosity; instead, he was more of a recluse, frequently spending time secluded in his trailer alongside his then-girlfriend.

The distance Stewart felt from the emerging actor might have contributed to his oversight. This young actor from London would soon ascend Hollywood's ranks, showcasing his talent in monumental projects like 'The Dark Knight Rises', 'Inception', and the hit series 'Peaky Blinders'.

Stewart's Admiration for Hardy's Rise

Tom Hardy, reflecting on his 'Nemesis' days, confessed in a 2014 interview with Total Film Magazine that the experience was daunting. “Every day on that set, I was terrified,” he remarked, shedding light on his seemingly distant behavior. His primary concern was delivering his best, often questioning, "How can I do this?"

Years later, Stewart acknowledged his initial misjudgment, voicing nothing but admiration for Hardy's accomplished journey in the film industry. In his memoir, Stewart wrote with sincerity, "It gives me immense joy to see Tom defy my early expectations."

With both actors having carved their niches in the industry, their shared memory from 'Star Trek: Nemesis' serves as a testament to the unpredictable paths that careers can take. It's a poignant reminder that early impressions don't always forecast future successes.