Since starring in Christopher Nolan’s Inception in 2010, Tom Hardy’s career witnessed a meteoric rise, as the following years witnessed him starring in some of the most beloved films of the last decade. However, X-Men Star Patrick Stewart wasn’t too optimistic about the British actor’s Hollywood career back when they came across in the early 2000s.
While it is pretty well-known the Venom Star isn’t pretty fond of the media spotlight, his reclusive behavior on sets became a matter of concern for his costars back during his initial years in Hollywood.
Patrick Stewart Thought Tom Hardy Wouldn’t Survive in Hollywood
In 2002, one of the weakest entries in the Star Trek franchise hit the screens, and Patrick Stewart has been pretty vocal about his issues with the movie, stating that he had nothing exciting to do in it. Opposite to Stewart starred a young Tom Hardy, who made his onscreen debut a year prior in Black Hawk Down, and played the role of the Star Trek: Nemesis‘ villain Shinzon. But the Macbeth Star doesn’t share food memories of his costar, as while recounting his experience of the actor, Stewart recalled that Hardy was pretty reclusive and “wouldn’t engage with any of us on a social level”.
Following his odd solitary persona throughout the filming process of Star Trek: Nemesis, the Logan Star predicted Hardy might not make it big in showbiz. In his memoir, Making It So (via Insider), Stewart explained,
“On the evening Tom wrapped his role, he characteristically left without ceremony or niceties, simply walking out of the door, As it closed, I said quietly to Brent and Jonathan, ‘And there goes someone I think we shall never hear of again”
But as the story goes, Star Trek: Nemesis wasn’t a career killer for The Revenant Star, as Hardy eventually found his footing in Hollywood and has enjoyed great success since the 2010s.
Patrick Stewart Is Happy to Be Proven Wrong
Patrick Stewart’s prediction about Tom Hardy’s career couldn’t have been more wrong, as he is now one of the biggest names in showbiz. Reflecting on the Mad Max Star’s ascend to the top, the X-Men Star expressed that he is delighted to be proven wrong. He wrote:
“t gives me nothing but pleasure that Tom has proven me so wrong.”
Despite enjoying great success, Tom Hardy still remains a pretty reclusive figure, who mostly avoids media attention, but this hasn’t impacted his dominance in the film industry.
Star Trek: Nemesis is available to stream on Paramount Plus.