Star Trek: Nemesis is a nightmare of a movie, but one of its slightly better nightmares is the bonkers performance a young, spectacularly shaved Tom Hardy gives as Shinzon, the villain of the film and also the Romulan-made clone of Jean-Luc Picard. But what if instead of just inviting us to believe that Patrick Stewart looked like Tom Hardy as a youth, Shinzon was… just Patrick Stewart?
Thanks to this fun application of â€œdeepfakesâ€ machine learning AI technology â€” a rare application, given that in the real world it is often applied in downright petrifying manners â€” by YouTuber Deep Homage, we no longer have to wonder, because now we can watch Shinzonâ€™s reveal scene, except now instead of Tom Hardy walking out of the shadows to shock Jean-Luc Picard to his core, itâ€™s… well, Patrick Stewart
Itâ€™s still rendered deeply uncomfortable, bald Tom Hardy or otherwise, thanks to the fact thatÂ Hardyâ€™s voice is still coming out of fake-Patrick-Stewartâ€™s mouth.
That, and somehow despite being bald himself, putting Stewartâ€™s face on Hardyâ€™s bald bonce some how makes his head look even more ginormous. But still, itâ€™s a fun use of weird technology that makes the filmâ€™s attempt to make a clone of Picard actually, properly work.
Doesnâ€™t save Nemesis from being Nemesis though.