It did not take very long for many outlets, this one included, reporting on comic or geek related news, to latch onto the interview where Tom Hardy stated that a lot of his favorite moments in Venom did not make the final cut of the movie, which hits theaters this weekend. As you can imagine, in this day and age where scrutiny towards a director, crew, or studio is heightened by fans on social media searching for any cut content or what might be the film and director’s original vision, the internet, for lack of a better word, had a bit of a moment.
And as you can also imagine, with the premiere of Venom recently, it would not be long before Tom Hardy was asked about that Venom interview. And indeed, that was the case as, during the red carpet premiere yesterday, IGN had a moment with Tom Hardy to ask him about those remarks about some content that did not make it into the finished version of the film:
“That’s been misunderstood. What I’m trying to say is, and the question “Was were there any scenes I was most excited to shoot for?” And I was like “There’s a bunch of stuff that hasn’t made the movie. And I’m talking as an actor point of view. What I’m saying is that I had a lot of time improvising and a lot of freedom to play with Venom. So in all honesty, there’s probably about seven hours or more worth of footage of me playing as Venom and enjoying myself. And when I was doing it, I took him right out there and played with it and had a lot of fun because there’s a lot of fun you can have with the project and with this character.”
Hardy went on further to say that with the time allotted, as an actor, not everything you shoot will make it into finalized release, and that’s the case with Venom as well, but what’s in the finished version is definitely what he and the studio wanted:
“Me and other executive producers know full well that has nothing to do with what’s in that story, but nevertheless, would I want to watch a seven hour version of Venom? Yeah. But the truth of this fact is that’s as an actor. But everything we wanted is in the story. Everything that I want is in the story and more and the film is awesome and I’m excited and I just want to shoot a sequel. So bottom line, don’t get it twisted by the fact that, as an actor, what we love doing, not everything’s gonna make it. I don’t want anyone to think that’s not a studio party line. That’s genuine truth. This movie is awesome. Everything we want is in it. Everything I want is in it and more. And I’m just saying that I didn’t get my song and dance routine in it. That’s nothing to cry about, but I may have enjoyed that. So if there’s a sequel, maybe I can sing and dance in that.”
So indeed, based on how Tom Hardy words it, what he’s referring to sounds more like improv or just having fun with the character, but at the end of the day, all of that extra footage, while fun to shoot, may not have anything to do with the final product of Venom. Here, have a look at the interview with IGN in the video below:
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hardy clarifies his comments about the footage cut from Venom: "Everything I want is in it. And more." pic.twitter.com/IyOEo9oNmd
— IGN (@IGN) October 2, 2018
So what do you think of Tom Hardy’s words about the content in Venom? Would you yourself want to see a seven hour cut of the film, even if it included Venom doing a song and dance routine? Let us know that and more in the comments below.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, and Woody Harrelson. The film swings into theaters this weekend.