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THE MOVIE: Star Trek: Nemesis

THE STARS:
Patrick Stewart • Brent Spiner • Tom Hardy
DIRECTOR: Stuart Baird

Picard meets his other self THE CONCEPT:
In the tenth Star Trek movie, Picard is lured into a trap where he encounters his clone, Shinzon, who has been created by the Romulans to wreak havoc in the future on the Starfleet.

U.S. RELEASE: December 13, 2003 • Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

PATRICK STEWART (Captain Picard):
“The end of the Next Generation has been hovering in the air since halfway through the first season. After Insurrection, I had a fairly firm feeling, because that film didn’t do too well, that that might be the end, until the franchise was given a tremendous boost. The addition of John Logan [screenwriter] and Stuart Baird [director] cannot be overestimated. They have created in all of us an optimism about a possible future for the series.”

TOM HARDY (Shinzon) on researching his role as Picard’s clone:
“I was given every possible resource of research you could imagine – all the Next Generation DVD box sets in order to watch Patrick. Eventually, I realized that I didn’t have to copy him, and that the character was more like the Prince and the Pauper. He essentially has not had the same experiences as Picard, so that was freeing for me.”

BRENT SPINER (Data):
“The whole script for Nemesis is on the Internet, and I hate that. It’s so unfair. It’s not only unfair to us, who spent months working on a story, but it’s also unfair to people who want to enjoy going to the movies and not know what they’re going to see. To me it’s like opening your Christmas presents a week before Christmas. Why would you do that?”

PATRICK STEWART:
“When I first started the series I had no idea where these individuals might go. I knew we had a strong basis in the pilot episode and that Gene [Roddenberry] had created for the principle characters all the basic foundations that we were to build on over the years. I don’t think any of us have ever felt we have simply been going through the motions or repeating a tired process.”

BRENT SPINER:
“My only regret about the movie Galaxy Quest is that we didn’t do it. I wish somebody had been smart enough to say, ‘Let’s hire the Star Trek guys to actually do this film.’ It just would have had another layer and level if it had been us parodying ourselves. I thought it was a great movie. I loved it.”

PATRICK STEWART:
“Even after 16 years, I’m astonished at the extent to which Star Trek, not just the Next Generation, has threaded itself into the popular culture in North America, and the significance that it seems to have for so many people. It doesn’t diminish. It’s a feeling that’s deeper than affection. I used to think that I could explain it, but I don’t care to try to analyze it anymore. It’s simply become deeply gratifying to find myself a part of it.”

BRENT SPINER:
“I think we have a really good action/adventure movie, but I think we also benefit from having a movie that’s about something and has some emotional depth. The objective of the studio has always been to try and find a movie that crossed the lines of the general public and got beyond Star Trek fans, and I don’t know if we’ve ever been particularly successful at that. When John Logan started writing this, his perspective was, ‘Let’s write a movie for the fans,’ and as a result, ironically, it turned out to be a movie that I think a general audience will enjoy.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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