So it’s hard to decide just how serious Hardy is being.
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. That’s not inherently a bad thing – Spider-Man and X2 were early-00s, after all – but it was before Nolan and the MCU, both of which, in different ways, completely changed the face of superhero movies. He referenced Hardy’s claim that some of the best parts of the movie were lost in the 40 minutes that were excised from the final release, agreeing that the movie felt “slapdash” and gives the impression that it finishes just as it’s getting started. Mad puppeteering scenes, dark comedy scenes.
Sometimes you never know what you’re going to get when it comes to press junkets, but ComicsExplained did a nice job with their video.
Drake is doing unethical and illegal research on some alien goo found on an interstellar recon trip, and though it bonds with humans, it usually just drains them dry and moves on to another… until it meets Eddie, of course.
But in the main, director Ruben Fleischer’s movie sounds like it could be a bit of a mess.
The film is speculated to push some boundaries, even with its PG-13 rating. 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. “I always said I wanted us to push it as far as we could. Hate to break it to you”, Ahmed told his co-star.
Depending on how fans react to Venom when it hits cinemas this week, we may now have the quote to launch a million think pieces. Is there an R-rated cut sitting there?
This shouldn’t come as surprising, given the film’s unique position in the comic book movie domain.
“We had to push right up against it”.
“Well, if they didn’t make it into the film…” He also makes unusual choices in a moment-to-moment, scene-by-scene kind of way.
Other reactions are more nuanced, acknowledging the film’s flaws but praising Tom Hardy’s performance and the buddy dynamic between him and his Venom alter ego.