“Star Trek: Nemesis” holds the record as the lowest-grossing of all the “Star Trek” films to date, even not adjusted for inflation; it only made $43 million domestically compared to the next-lowest “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” which made $52 million. “Nemesis” was considered a disappointment all around and seemed to signal the death of the franchise. Add to that the cancelation of “Star Trek: Enterprise” in 2005, and Trek was more or less considered to be at an end. It just wasn’t popular anymore. Some might theorize Trek’s messages of peace and diplomacy weren’t welcome in a post-9/11 America.
Stewart recalled that “Nemesis” simply wasn’t that good (although he did get to drive a dune buggy), and that Hardy didn’t socialize with the rest of the cast. Stewart wrote (as re-printed in Variety):
“‘Nemesis,’ which came out in 2002, was particularly weak. 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. […] 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.”
That Tom Hardy, it seems, wasn’t destined for greatness. At least not in Stewart’s eye. Stewart learned long ago that being social with an ensemble cast is vital to establishing a role and perfecting scenes. Several times, he talked about the time he yelled at Denise Crosby that he was not on set “to have fun.” Hardy still needed to learn to relax the same way he once did.