Some photos from Cannes 2012 that I haven’t seen before. This event was loaded with good things. Not least among them that Tom Hardy was in full “Captain Haddock,” as he described his beardedness. That’s a charming bit of self-deprecating humor, but it would only be accurate if Capt’n Haddock were the manliest manly pirate man in the universe and everyone wanted to have his pirate babies. “Everyone” meaning girls and guys. Captain Haddock*, however — bless him — was not a pirate.
Photos by Fabrice Tricoche
*Captain Archibald Haddock (French: Capitaine Haddock) is a fictional character in The Adventures of Tintin, the series of comic albums written and illustrated by Belgian artist Hergé. He is Tintin’s best friend, a seafaring Merchant Marine Captain.
Haddock is initially depicted as a weak and alcoholic character under the control of his treacherous first mate Allan, who keeps him drunk and runs his freighter. He regains his command and his dignity, even rising to president of the Society of Sober Sailors, but never gives up his love for rum and whisky, especially Loch Lomond. In the adventureSecret of the Unicorn, and then continuing in Red Rackham’s Treasure, he and Tintin travel to find a pirate’s treasure captured by his ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock. With newfound wealth and regaining his ancestral home Marlinspike Hall, Captain Haddock becomes a socialite; riding a horse, wearing a monocle, and sitting in a theatre box seat (inThe Seven Crystal Balls). He then evolves to become genuinely heroic, volunteering to sacrifice his life to save Tintin’s own in the pivotal Tintin in Tibet.
Throughout it all, the Captain’s coarse humanity and sarcasm act as a counterpoint to Tintin’s often implausible heroism. He is always quick with a dry comment whenever the boy reporter gets too idealistic. (x)
Tom talking about his audition for StarTrek. He’s wired with energy and awkward and charming. He mentions making the audition tape in his hotel room, jumping around butt naked and rapping, and then just sitting down and recording himself being Shinzon.
The studio apparently took the entire unedited self-tape. So that means they may still have this footage somewhere in their vaults. Don’t tell Jonathan Ross! (But wouldn’t it be brilliant to see some of it.)
The search for Shinzon (and Tom Hardy’s homemade audition tape)
The quest to find an actor to put the nemesis into Star Trek: Nemesis wasn’t an easy one. “It was an extremely difficult search,” franchise head honcho Rick Berman told Star Trek Monthly. No stone was left unturned in the hunt for Shinzon, Trek X’s principal villain. “We read and watched taped auditions by 200 young actors.”
Eventually the Scarlett O’Hara-like search unearthed the young British actor Tom Hardy, who was shooting the war film ‘Black Hawk Down’ in Morocco. “Tom’s audition came from London and it was a very strange tape because it was something that he had done himself,” Berman recalled. “His agent sent it to us, but Tom was off doing ‘Black Hawk Down’. Se he did the audition tape himself somewhere in Africa. It was a black and white tape and it was dreadful quality, but we saw something remarkable and we got him to do another one. Then we flew him over to the States and he got the role. He’s an exceptional actor.” (x)
“Because my mum was my primary emotional caregiver growing up, I found myself being pinned into dresses, darting her dresses, choosing her high heels for the evening or what to wear.” Hardy chuckles. “I’m very much a mommy’s boy.”