Tom Hardy takes acting very seriously.
He suffers for his art. Losing weight, gaining weight, wearing silly masks and adopting even sillier accents in the name of filmic entertainment.
So, it’s hardly a massive shock to learn that Hardy has been getting ‘a bit method’ for his upcoming comic book movie, Venom.
Taking on the role of Eddie Brock, the shady anti-hero who becomes inhabited by an alien symbiote capable of giving him super-strength, big shiny teeth and any number of terrifying powers, Hardy has been busy getting in the zone.
And he’s taken a little inspiration from real-life too, drawing from three pretty diverse range of figures from the world of film, sport, and rap to craft his version of Brock/Venom.
Speaking in an interview with Esquire, Hardy revealed the madness behind his method.
And it is madness, for sure:
“In Venom, the dual roles of Eddie Brock and Venom reminded him of three wildly different traits of three wildly different people: “Woody Allen’s tortured neurosis and all the humor that can come from that.
“Conor McGregor-the überviolence but not all the talking. And Redman”-the rapper- out of control, living rent-free in his head.”
“Those are not details he revealed to the execs at Sony, which is producing the movie. “You don’t say shit like that to the studio,” he says.”
Okay. This already sounds odd.
The official synopsis for the Venom movie reads as follows:
Following a scandal, journalist Eddie Brock attempts to revive his career by investigating the Life Foundation but comes into contact with an alien symbiote that bonds with Brock, giving him superpowers as long as they share the same body.
Venom is either going to be absolutely brilliant or a bit like that film where Hardy spent the whole time driving around doing a bad Welsh accent.
Either way, we’re seeing it.