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Patrick Stewart was paid nearly as much for this movie as he made in the entire run of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)
The film's cast--in particular, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and LeVar Burton--have leveled fierce criticism at director Stuart Baird over his direction of the film, claiming the director hated the Star Trek universe and knew nothing about it. Baird, for his part, expresses his frustration in the DVD commentary at having to tell a story in an established universe with pre-existing design and character relationships, hated having to utilize recycled sets and props and has trouble remembering the names of the main cast.
Midway during shooting, the captain's chair from the bridge set disappeared, apparently stolen. While the film crew scrambled to find a way to work around the problem, the Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) cast and crew shooting in the soundstages next door decided to have a little fun at their franchise-mate's expense: Scott Bakula visited Patrick Stewart's trailer to present him with a makeshift wooden "replacement" chair with the letters K-A-P-T-I-N painted on it.
This is the lowest grossing Star Trek film in the history of the franchise.
Every previous Star Trek series gets some sort of mention or reference. There's a maneuver named for Captain Kirk from Star Trek (1966). There is mention of the Dominion War from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager (1995) has a cameo. And one of the ships that the Enterprise was to rendezvous with is the USS Archer, named for the captain in Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
Michael Dorn was reportedly very upset about Worf having nothing to do.
Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner both accepted acting salary cuts in order to keep the film's budget under control.
The director Stuart Baird was reportedly oblivious to Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)'s universe, to the point that he thought LeVar Burton's character was an alien instead of a human with cybernetic eyes.
Aside from the explosions, the ramming of the Scimitar by the Enterprise is not computer-generated. The filming crew actually ran a model of the forward saucer into a buildup of the Scimitar, shot it in slow motion, and hung it upside down to give the illusion of the hull flotsam drifting into space.
This is the only "Star Trek" film not to finish number one at the Box Office on its opening weekend.
In an early draft of the script Ashley Judd, was supposed to briefly reprise Robin Leffler, her recurring role from the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
After Star Trek: Generations (1994), Michael Dorn (and thus Worf) joined the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), and since then his character has been a source of awkwardness. In Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Worf pilots the Defiant, he is beamed aboard the Enterprise-E after the Defiant is no longer able to move. In Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), Worf is asked why he's aboard the Enterprise-E and away from Deep Space 9; his explanation is literally interrupted. Also, Worf's most notable feature in Insurrection is getting a pimple. For this film, in an earlier script Worf is asked why he isn't too busy with ambassador duties, which were given to him in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: What You Leave Behind (1999). He drunkenly replies that he was not suited for diplomatic life.
At one point, the script would have called for Shinzon to be an exact clone of Captain Picard, where Patrick Stewart would have played both roles. But the idea of his clone coming to be from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Unification I (1991) and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Unification II (1991) wasn't seen as valid.
Jonathan Frakes refused to shave his back for the love scene turned rape with Troi. The hair on his back was digitally removed by an effects house.
Shinzon's ship, the Scimitar, resembles a lionfish when extending its tines to use its radiation weapon. Picard, for many years, had a lionfish in an aquarium in his Enterprise-D ready room in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
In a deleted scene near the beginning of the film, it is mentioned that Dr. Crusher is preparing to leave for Starfleet Medical. This further adds to the sense of the ship emptying, and further cements this as the final TNG film.
Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) had a cameo in the earliest draft of the movie's script. It was scrapped when Ryan got a part on Boston Public (2000). The cameo was given to Kate Mulgrew (Admiral Kathryn Janeway).
The Romulan Warbird Bridge set in this film is an extensive redress of the Enterprise-E bridge. After the Enterprise scenes were shot, the set was refurbished to meet the needs.
Denise Crosby discussed with executive producer Rick Berman the possibility of using her Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) character Sela in the film, but they could not work out a way to properly fit the character into the movie.
The Reman Viceroy's (portrayed by Ron Perlman) look is inspired by Count Orlok from the film Nosferatu (1922). The Viceroy's name was Vkruk, according to the writers.
Nicholas Meyer was approached to direct the film by Rick Berman, but told Berman that he would want to do a rewrite of the screenplay. Berman was forced to refuse, as he had already promised John Logan full control over the screenplay, and so Meyer respectfully turned the offer down. Berman next considered offering LeVar Burton the chance to direct, but was then ordered by the studio to hire Stuart Baird.
This is the only "Star Trek" film to be released during the same year as a "Star Wars" film: Star Wars: Episode II - The Attack of the Clones (2002).
Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) was invited back to the cast by executive producer Rick Berman after Wheaton spoke with LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge) on a special Star Trek edition of NBC's The Weakest Link (2001). Wheaton remains in the end titles although all of his scenes were cut from the final version of the film and he can only be seen as a non-speaking extra during the wedding scene.
This was Jerry Goldsmith's final score for a feature film.
In one deleted scene, in which Picard and Data discuss the concept of family (and emotions toward family), Data cradles a small flute. The flute is a treasured item of Picard's from Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Inner Light (1992), widely considered as one of the best of the series. In it, Picard lives out another life and raises a family of his own in a condensed, simulated reality. The flute prop was often visible in later episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), during scenes in Picard's quarters.
The Enterprise Bridge, Ready Room, observation lounge, engine room and some of the corridor sets are the only pre-existing sets to remain from previous films, as sets such as the transporter room, sickbay, and crew quarters were reused from Star Trek: Voyager (1995). For this film, new crew quarters sets similar to the ones seen in the previous film but more detailed, were built, along with a new sickbay and science lab set.
Riker comments that he first saw Data on the Holodeck trying to whistle a tune, but cannot remember which tune. This refers to the pilot Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (1987), and the tune was "Pop Goes the Weasel".
Instead of choreographing actors throwing themselves across the sets to simulate impacts, sets like the Enterprise-E bridge were built on gimbals to provide the shudder.
This was the first "Star Trek" film not to name the cast in the opening credits.
The "stylus" prop Captain Picard uses briefly on his PADD is a mini butane torch.
In order to get the job of directing the film, Stuart Baird did uncredited re-editing work on two other Paramount films, Mission: Impossible II (2000) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).
After its release Patrick Stewart appeared on various talk shows and blamed "Franchise Fatigue" as the reason for poor box office receipts.
According to his interview in the DVD's special features, Patrick Stewart did all of his own driving for the ARGO scenes, with the exception of the opening shot leaping out of the shuttle and the subsequent sharp turn.
First and only appearance of an Argo-type heavy transport shuttlecraft in any Star Trek movie or series episode.
In an interview given years after the film came out, Tom Hardy said that he took the film role very seriously, as it was intended to be his big break. The commercial failure of the film and the response from longtime fans apparently led to his relationship dissolving, his turning to alcohol, and considering suicide. It was only when he pulled himself together and starred in Bronson that he got over the film.
This film was originally slated to be a direct follow-up to the events of Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).
The Engineering lab, Engine Room, and Stellar Cartography sets were all the same set just redressed multiple times.
The knife used by Shinzon, featured prominently in the posters and used briefly in the film, is known as "The Jackal" and was forged by United Cutlery.
The flowers behind Captain Picard at the wedding party are stargazer lilies. Picard's first command was the USS Stargazer.
The Remans, who debut in this film, are a side species of the Romulans. According to Roman legend, the founders of the city of Rome were two brothers names Romulus and Remus.
The Enterprise's sick bay in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) is a redressed sick bay from Star Trek: Voyager (1995). Now that Voyager had wrapped, the Enterprise-E suddenly got a different sick bay.
The Stardate given for this movie is 56844.9, which roughly translates to November 4, 2379 in the current calendar format.
The events of this film take place in 2379, eight years before the destruction of Romulus in 2387 in Star Trek (2009).
A decade later, Tom Hardy went on to star as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Star Trek: Nemesis was the first film of a film franchise, which the villain Tom Hardy played is bald.
The blue beverage seen in the Shinzon - Picard dining room scene is Romulan ale. It is illegal in the Federation because of its highly intoxicating properties. Despite this, Romulan ale has been featured in many Star Trek stories, and possessing it is akin to having Cuban cigars in modern times.
Second time that Counselor Troi assumes command of the Enterprise in a Star Trek movie. The first time was in Star Trek: Generations (1994). Both times, the Enterprise had been (or was about to be) heavily damaged.
The title "Nemesis" was originally considered as one of the titles of the previous film of the series, Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).
There is a persistent rumor that Michelle Forbes can be seen reprising her Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) character Ro Laren (who defected to the Maquis) during the wedding reception. It is claimed that she is the dark haired woman seen smiling behind Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) during Picard's speech. This actress is not Forbes.
In at least one earlier version of the script, Data's brother, eventually called B-4, was named B-9 (benign), which was also the name of the Robot in Lost in Space (1965).
The Enterprise-E observation lounge is an extensive redress of the Enterprise-D Observation lounge as seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). The set's aft video wall and console were refurbished for the third season of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), and the set as a whole was restored to its "Next Generation" appearance in Star Trek: Enterprise: These Are the Voyages... (2005).
Data's cat Spot, and Picard's family album both make an appearance. The last time they were seen was in Star Trek: Generations (1994).
The knives used by Shinzon were all designed by Gil Hibben, an American knife-designer who also designed the Rambo III (1988) knife. The knives used in "Nemesis" were not specifically designed for film; all of the designs used are at least ten years old.
The Argo buggy was designed and built by ProTruck Racing Organization, founded by off-road racing champion Ivan "Ironman" Stewart (no relation to Patrick Stewart). Ivan Stewart appears in one of the DVD special features.
The ships backing the Enterprise in Federation territory according to Data (Brent Spiner) and Picard's (Patrick Stewart) meeting in stellar cartography are, USS Intrepid, USS Valiant, USS Galaxy, USS Aries, USS Nova, USS Hood and USS Archer (named for the Captain in the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise (2001)).
Jude Law was originally considered for the role of Praetor Shinzon.
"Shinzon" is loosely adapted from "xingzong", which in Mandarin means "inside one's heart".
LeVar Burton wanted to direct, but was overruled.
The final film featuring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) according to key cast members (as well as the low box office returns).
In Picard's photo of himself as a cadet, he is wearing a uniform very similar to those worn by cadets in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).
Shinzon is an actual Chinese name, chosen by writer John Logan as it continues the trend of Chinese names for Romulan characters (as well as the new Reman characters). Logan admitted that he has absolutely no idea what the name actually means.
In Greek mythology, Argo was the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed from Iolcus on their quest for the Golden Fleece.
The earliest version of the script was written so that Patrick Stewart would have been playing both Picard and Shinzon, and the final battle between the Enterprise and the Scimitar took place in orbit of Earth.
Stewart Baird repeatedly mispronounced LeVar Burton's name as 'Laverne'.
More than a third of the film (including most of the character moments and a great chunk of the expository dialogue) was cut before the final release.
Nicolas Meyer was asked to direct. He turned it down, because Rick Berman wouldn't let him make changes to the script.
Jonathan Frakes was not asked to direct. He said that if he were asked, he would have accepted.
The space battle at the climax was originally much more epic, with the Romulan armada joining in a six-on-one battle. It was scaled down due to budget constraints.
Director Stuart Baird called the scene in which Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and the Viceroy (Ron Perlman) chase each other through the bowels of the ship the 'Alien (1979) moment' of the movie.
James Marsters also auditioned for the role of Praetor Shinzon.
Actor Michael Shanks read for the role of Praetor Shinzon.
The director Stuart Baird and Jude Ciccolella (Commander Suran) were both born on November 30, 1947.


Bryan Singer:  guest appearance by the man who directed Patrick Stewart in X-Men (2000) and X-Men 2 (2003). He is the crew member who takes Worf's place at the Tactical console.
Kate Mulgrew:  Admiral Kathryn Janeway, from the spin-off series Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
Whoopi Goldberg:  reprising her role as the Enterprise-D's bartender Guinan from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

After first reading the script, Marina Sirtis began crying and called Brent Spiner, extremely upset of over the death of Data. Spiner jokingly reminded her that "Data's a fictional character. I'm still alive.".
The farewell scene in Picard's ready room, near the end of the movie, had to be reshot after Patrick Stewart unintentionally started crying.
Brent Spiner has claimed he wanted Data to die at the end of the film because he had visibly aged out of the role of an ageless android. However, following the release of Star Trek (2009), Spiner revealed that had there been another film starring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Data would have been brought back.
The wine that the crew drinks at the end of the movie is from Chateau Picard. This is the farm seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Family (1990) and Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (1994).
Scenes deleted from the end of the film would have introduced Steven Culp as Commander Madden, Riker's replacement as the Enterprise's first officer. Culp later appeared as Major Hayes in the third season of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
The tune that Data (Brent Spiner) was trying to whistle when Riker first saw him was "Pop Goes the Weasel".

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