Tom Hardy Says His Favourite 40 Minutes Of 'Venom' Were Cut From Film
Tom Hardy has always gravitated towards unpredictable, darkly funny characters. Roles like Charles Bronson and the Kray Twins allowed him to lose his inhibitions on set, and his upcoming take on Venom will have been no different.
But then, maybe he went too far this time. Because according to the 41-year-old British actor, his favourite forty minutes of Venom were ultimately left on the cutting room floor.
When asked "What was your favorite scene to film?" by ComicsExplained, he said: "Things that aren’t in this movie."
The Taboo star continued, saying: "There are, like, 30 to 40 minutes' worth of scenes that aren’t in this movie... all of them. Mad puppeteering scenes, dark comedy scenes. You know what I mean? They just never made it in."
A spin-off from the endlessly reincarnating Spider-Man movie franchise, Hardy plays Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes a host to an evil alien symbiote which transforms him into a monstrous supervillain.
Rumours suggested that violent scenes were cut from the film to ensure a PG-13 rating in the US, but executive producer Matt Tolmach denied this was the case.
"There isn't some phantom version of the movie," Tolmach told comicbook.com last week.
"Everyone is asking us that. Is there an R-rated cut sitting there? There isn't."
"We only ever talked about this movie as being PG-13," director Ruben Fleisher added.
"What I've said in the past is that we wanted to push the violence to the hilt. The Dark Knight was always a huge reference point for me, personally, just as far as how far you could take a PG-13."
"I'm proud to say [that what] I think I accomplished was to take it to the full limit," he said.
"I feel like we don't compromise Venom in any real way. He's as aggressive as fans could possibly hope for, I think."
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.