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Tom Hardy Impressed Sir Patrick Stewart With His Naked Audition After Derailing From the Script: “It was a bizarre video”

Tom Hardy once got the opportunity to play one of the most iconic television characters of Praetor Shinzon in Star Trek. But the role wasn’t won by a dash of luck, it was won by Hardy’s rather unorthodox audition video. In 2002, Patrick Stewart, the legendary actor who played Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, spilled the beans about the casting process to choose an actor to play his younger version.

Patrick Stewart detailed the audition process for Star Trek: The Next Generation

Patrick Stewart in Star Trek
Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard in Star Trek
Patrick Stewart detailed the search for Shinzon’s casting choice to Entertainment Tonight,

“It was a long, long search to find the actor to play this role. Long before I got involved. They were seeing actors in L.A. and in New York. And, of course, in London, because the feeling was that it would be good to find a [British] actor, so there would be at least that vocal similarity there.”

Tom Hardy and Patrick Stewart in Star Trek
Tom Hardy and Patrick Stewart in Star Trek

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The X-Men actor went on to share,

“We didn’t know where to go. We couldn’t find someone. And I had a friend who had been an agent of mine in London. I called her and said, ‘Look, they said they’ve seen everyone but is there any actor you know who Star Trek [producers] haven’t seen who could be me and younger?’ And she said, ‘Absolutely. I know just the man. He wasn’t seen, because he’d been filming abroad and he’s in Morocco right now. And his name is Tom Hardy.’ I have a lot of respect for [the agent], so Tom put himself on video.”

And the video in question was indeed quite a specimen.

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How Tom Hardy bagged the role of Praetor Shinzon in Star Trek

Patrick Stewart called Tom Hardy an "extraordinary actor"
Patrick Stewart called Hardy an “extraordinary actor”

The 82-year-old then described Tom Hardy‘s unconventional self-tape,

Smriti Sneh
Smriti Sneh

Smriti Sneh is a Content Writer at Animated Times specializing in celebrities and everything pop-culture. Being a literature graduate from the University of Lucknow, she is cashing in on her writing skills by working in the entertainment news sector - studying literary theories by day, and navigating celebrity net worths through the night. Although you can find her writing poems at any and all hours.

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