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Tom Hardy On 'Nemesis' Villain

By Caillan
December 11, 2001 - 2:01 PM

Following in the footsteps of Trek movie villains such as Khan and the Borg Queen was never going to be easy, but Tom Hardy is diving head-first into the role of Shinzon in the upcoming 'Nemesis.'

During a press conference for his recently completed film, 'Black Hawk Down,' Hardy provided some insights into his character's motivations. "He's bitter - very bitter," he told Empire Online, referring to Shinzon's resentment of his upbringing in the Reman mines.

Although unable to give away detailed spoilers, the actor talked about Shinzon's involvement in the film's storyline. "He's like a clone," Hardy said. "It's kind of 'The Prince and the Pauper'. It's what happens when you put the same person through a different course of life."

Shinzon will even come complete with evil henchmen. "I've got some very tall vampires to look after - that's all I'm saying," said the actor.

Asked about his relationship with Star Trek, Hardy confessed that he wasn't a fan. "Not at all - of course I will be afterwards."

According to previously posted spoilers, Shinzon is a human clone of Picard, created 25 years ago by the Romulan government (story). He is described as "a dynamic young man in his twenties...very handsome with pale, almost white skin and shining, golden hair."

The original article can be found here at Empire Online. Thanks to 'Floyder' for this!

Production on 'Nemesis' is currently well under way, with the cast and crew already filming in a variety of locations.

At the end of November Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Brent Spiner (Data) and Michael Dorn (Worf) filmed desert planet scenes around Palmdale and Lancaster north of Los Angeles, according to a report at StarTrek.com.

Following the location filming, the cast and crew returned to the Paramount lot to shoot scenes in sickbay, engineering, the crew lounge and the weapons locker. The bulk of the scenes filmed in December will take place on the bridge.

The site also reported that one of the sets has a large green-screen, over which an Alaskan landscape will be digitally inserted. This is the most likely location for one of the film's opening scenes, which depicts the wedding reception of Will Riker and Deanna Troi (story).

For further information, head over to StarTrek.com.

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