“That’s been misunderstood.”
Tom Hardy has clarified his recent comments about the footage cut from Venom, telling IGN that everything he wants in the movie is in there, “and more.”
In an interview with ComicsExplained recently, the Venom star and executive producer said Hardy said that Venom may arrive without “30 to 40 minutes” of potentially his favorite scenes. Speaking to IGN at the Hollywood red carpet premiere of Venom, Hardy said his quote had been “misunderstood.” What he meant, he explained, is that some of the extraneous fun stuff he enjoyed as an actor was cut, but ultimately everything he wanted is in the movie.
The full quote from Hardy is below.
“That’s been misunderstood. What I’m trying to say is, the question was [what] scenes I was most excited to shoot…and I was like, there’s a bunch of stuff that hasn’t made the movie. And I’m talking [from] an actor’s point of view. So what I’m saying is I had a lot of time improvising and a lot of freedom to play with Venom. So in honesty there’s probably about 7 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. And me and the other executive producers know full well that has nothing to do with what’s in that story. Nevertheless, would I like to watch a 7-hour version of Venom? Yep! But that’s as an actor. But the truth [of it] is everything we wanted is in the story. Everything 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. Bottom line – don’t get it twisted. As an actor, what we love doing, not everything’s going to make it! I don’t want anyone to think in any way shape or form…that’s not a studio party line, that’s the 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 if 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, hopefully, I can sing and dance in that.”
Venom will be released in theaters on October 5, 2018. Marvel recently launched an exclusive Venom comic book that serves as a prequel to the film.