Venom: Tom Hardy Says Over 30 Minutes Was Cut From the Movie

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RTÉ Entertainment met Riz Ahmed and Tom Hardy in London to chat about their new movie Venom where they were asked if they have undertaken any intense preparations for a film role that would be similar to Wahlberg's. Like mad puppeteering scenes, dark comedy scenes. "There's a bunch of stuff that didn't make the movie".

With the release of Venom suddenly upon us, the first reactions to the movie have started to appear on social media following the premiere on Monday night.

Tom Hardy recently tried out the iconic catchphrase of one of Bollywood's most popular villains, Mogambo, and the Hollywood star nailed it. I don't think you need me to tell you that.

For more on Venom, check out our op-ed on why we love the comics character, our ranking of Marvel's most powerful symbiotes, and our rundown of every Spider-Man movie spin-off in development.

Hardy is a particularly twitchy actor even at his most subdued, giving the audience unusual facial ticks, posture, gait, and yes, accents that boggle the mind. "So in honesty there's probably about seven hours or more worth of footage of me playing as Venom and enjoying myself". So what I'm saying is I had a lot of time improvising and a lot of freedom to play with Venom. It's odd that in the same year we got a movie where Hardy's doppelganger, Logan Marshall Green, is controlled by an intelligence that makes him good at fighting (Upgrade, read my review of it here), we also get Hardy Prime doing basically the same thing.

Fleischer insists that there is only one big difference between what an R-rated version of "Venom" would have looked like and the released version. I can't jump for joy at the news of bonus features we've been used to for 20 years, but I guess I see how that could cause some to dance. You might be vaguely familiar with this plot from the time Topher Grace played Venom in Spider-Man 3, or from reading comics, or from watching cartoons as a child.

Jesus christ dude. He did acknowledge a "modest degree" of humour from Hardy's split-personality performance but said it was "small compensation" for the tedious action scenes.

Really, I would just ignore these bits if you have any interest in the film.

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