While most superheroes are seen trying to save people from big looming threats on the big screen, Sony Pictures’ anti-hero Venom is definitely not doing that for sure. Actor Tom Hardy is playing the role of reporter Eddie Brock in the comic book film who eventually becomes Venom after merging with an alien symbiote.
During a recent interview with RTE Entertainment, Hardy revealed that the anti-hero character he plays in the upcoming movie was influenced by the personality of popular fighter Conor McGregor, reported TMZ.
“There were more elements of Eddie Brock which needed to be pinned on somebody who’s incredibly handy physically. And, obviously, Conor is incredibly handy physically,” Hardy said. “There was an aspect the studio wanted somebody who could fight, which they always do in these sort of hero movies. They want somebody who can have a scrap. Conor obviously wants to have a scrap with everybody, so that’s useful. But then, there were elements like the neuroses of Woody Allen. So, if you put that and Conor together, there was that too.”
When asked if he thinks Conor will take the revelation as a compliment, Hardy said he don’t think Conor would even bother about that.
“I don’t think he’d be bothered, really,” the Venom actor said. “Conor doesn’t strike me as the type of person who might be that bothered!”
In a previous interview with Esquire, Hardy revealed that he often uses real or fictional people as a sort of guide for how he plays a character. Other than Conor, he also mentioned the names of Woody Allen and rapper Redman who were his inspiration for the role of Eddie Brock.
“Woody Allen’s tortured neurosis and all the humor that can come from that,” Hardy said. “Conor McGregor—the überviolence but not all the talking. And [rapper] Redman, out of control, living rent-free in his head.”
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom also stars Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Sope Aluko, Scott Deckert, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.
Venom debuts in theaters on October 5th.
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