Today was the release of Making It So: A Memoir, the new memoir from Sir Patrick Stewart. Of course, the book covers a number of aspects of his time with Star Trek. And there are a couple more interesting excerpts from the book online today, including from the audiobook version.
Stewart recounts early clash with TNG cast
Yesterday we reported on an excerpt from Stewart’s memoir about his last appearance in in the franchise and how he had a different idea for how Star Trek: Picard should have ended. Today a new excerpt arrived from the audiobook (via The Hollywood Reporter), narrated by Stewart, where he can be heard talking about his first days on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The actor recalls conflicts with his Royal Shakespeare Company ways and the boisterous cast, including calling a meeting where he “lectured the cast for goofing off.” He also recounts being thankful that they taught him to loosen up.
You can listen to that excerpt via YouTube…
Stewart thought Tom Hardy was “odd” during shooting of Nemesis
Variety has a report on more from the book, specifically regarding the making of the final TNG feature film, Star Trek Nemesis. Sir Patrick didn’t have kind words for the film, and admits he wasn’t enamored with the man playing his clone (Tom Hardy) either:
“‘Nemesis,’ which came out in 2002, was particularly weak,” Stewart writes. “I didn’t have a single exciting scene to play, and the actor who portrayed the movie’s villain, Shinzon, was an odd, solitary young man from London. His name was Tom Hardy.”
“Tom wouldn’t engage with any of us on a social level,” Stewart writes. “Never said, ‘Good morning,’ never said, ‘Goodnight,’ and spent the hours he wasn’t needed on set in his trailer with his girlfriend…He was by no means hostile — it was just challenging to establish any rapport with him.”
“On the evening Tom wrapped his role, he characteristically left without ceremony or niceties, simply walking out of the door,” Stewart adds. “As it closed, I said quietly to Brent [Spiner] and Jonathan [Frakes], ‘And there goes someone I think we shall never hear of again.’ It gives me nothing but pleasure that Tom has proven me so wrong.”
Of course, Hardy went on to a successful acting career including appearing in Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and starring in the Venom movies. However, the actor himself admitted he “went off the rails,” including alcohol and drug problems after Nemesis flopped.
Making It So out now
Last night Stewart kicked off a book tour with events across the country. The first event was in New York, moderated by Whoopi Goldberg and a couple of TrekMovie contributors were there.
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Tonight Stewart is in Philadelphia, with more dates coming over the next week, ending in Los Angeles with moderator LaVar Burton.
I’m pleased to share the moderators for my #MakingItSo book tour in the US, and sending a sincere thank you to all of you for purchasing tickets. The events are sold out, however, you can still purchase virtual tickets for the conversation in Los Angeles with the great… pic.twitter.com/iGLUa7dtYE
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) September 28, 2023
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