Before Tom Hardy played Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises; before he portrayed Charles Bronson in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson; hell, before he acted in a lot of things, he starred opposite Patrick Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Nemesis from 2002.
Now a video has surfaced online of Hardy’s screentest for the role, which is also intercut with actual scenes from the film…
Hardy plays Nemesis’ chief antagonist, Shinzon, who’s a human clone of Picard. Savour being able to understand his voice.
Shaved head. Concentration on the eyes. Accentuated English accent. Creating an evil mirror of the protagonist’s character. Perhaps Hardy pinched a few Shinzonian traits for his characterisation of Bane.