Yeoman Basha wrote:
And I also agree about Patrick Stewart and Tom Hardy, which was one of my problems with that film. It's like they got an actor who was about the same height and build as Patrick, then shaved his head and figured: Hey, they're practically twins! Forget the fact that the two men's faces were completely different and their voices sounded completely different too.
As I said, they did put a prosthetic nose and chin on Hardy to increase his resemblance to Stewart. So they weren't as careless about it as you imply. They did the best they could with the face they had.
But, again, would you have been happier if they'd cast someone who looked just like the young Stewart but couldn't act worth a damn? What's more important, appearance or performance?
Regarding the prosthetics on Hardy, fair point. They did try. It just didn't work for me.
On your second point, I never would have written the clone story in the first place, unless I could get Stewart to play a double role, which wouldn't have worked there.
I agree that acting ability is most important, but for me, when you're talking about two characters who are supposed to be closely related or worse, literally the same person, the appearance of the actors matters a great deal.
screenplay is riddled with so many problems it's hard to know where to begin, but I don't believe the clone story was necessary or even added that much to the story beyond the cliche "I'm you're evil mirror" trope. Shinzon could have been Picard's son and it would have had just as much dramatic effect, if not more.