Patrick Stewart Didn't Think Tom Hardy Would Go Anywhere After “Star Trek: Nemesis”: 'Proven Me So Wrong'

Tom Hardy played the villainous Shinzon, a clone of Patrick Stewart's character Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, in 2002's 'Star Trek: Nemesis'

<p>Albert L. Ortega/Getty; Tristan Fewings/Getty</p> Patrick Stewart (left) and Tom Hardy (right)

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Patrick Stewart (left) and Tom Hardy (right)

Patrick Stewart says he is happy to watch Tom Hardy's career flourish.

On Tuesday, Insider reported that Stewart, 83, wrote in his new memoir, Making It So, that he was not impressed with Hardy, 46, when the pair worked together on the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis.

Stewart described the movie itself, which came more than a decade after he began playing the long-running Star Trek character Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, as "particularly weak."

He then revealed he and Hardy, who made his film debut in Black Hawk Down the year before, never developed a significant relationship on set.

"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," Stewart wrote in the book, per the outlet. "His name was Tom Hardy."

He continued, "Tom wouldn't engage with any of us on a social level. Never said, 'Good morning,' never said, 'Goodnight,' and spent the hours he wasn't needed on set in his trailer with his girlfriend."

A rep for Hardy did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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<p>Dave Benett/Getty </p> Patrick Stewart and Tom Hardy in 2002

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Patrick Stewart and Tom Hardy in 2002

Despite Stewart's recollection that Hardy was distant on set, the actor was careful to note that Hardy never proved explicitly unpleasant to work with.

"He was by no means hostile — it was just challenging to establish any rapport with him," he wrote, according to Insider.

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"On the evening Tom wrapped his role, he characteristically left without ceremony or niceties, simply walking out of the door," Stewart said in the book. "As it closed, I said quietly to [costars 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," he added.

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<p>Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock</p> Tom Hardy in 'Star Trek: Nemesis'


Tom Hardy in 'Star Trek: Nemesis'

Hardy went on to achieve significant on-screen success with movies like Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and the Venom franchise. He will next appear alongside Austin Butler as a tough-nosed biker gang leader in the upcoming Jeff Nichols movie The Bikeriders, in theaters Dec. 1.

The actor has suggested in the past that he was not entirely comfortable in one of his first major movie roles. In 2014, Hardy told Total Film magazine he was "terrified" working on the film's set.

"Every day on that set, I was terrified — which worked for the character anyway," he said at the time. "You can't hide that, the camera will pick it up. I was genuinely out of my depth. The whole thing was, 'How can I do this?' I took it very seriously."

Stewart's memoir, Making It So, is out now.

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