It’s not every day that actors look to both UFC star Conor McGregor and filmmaker Woody Allen when seeking inspiration, but that’s exactly what Tom Hardy did when preparing for his role in the upcoming superhero film Venom.
In a recent interview with Esquire, the actor, who plays the high-strung journalist Eddie Brock and his Venom alter-ego in the film, looked to both McGregor and Allen as references when trying to portray the duality of the role.
The distinct mix of inspirations, Hardy believes, helped him to portray the complex character.
Actor Tom Hardy, in a recent interview with Esquire, revealed some surprising inspirations for playing the dual role of Eddie Brock and Venom in the upcoming superhero movie Venom
While reading the movie script, Hardy said that the characters of Eddie Brock and Venom actually reminded him of three people: ‘Woody Allen’s tortured neurosis and all the humor that can come from that. Conor McGregor—the überviolence but not all the talking. And Redman—out of control, living rent-free in his head.’
Hardy channeled UFC star Conor McGregor, center, for his role in the upcoming film Venom
The actor reportedly spent a whole year preparing for the role and conducting research. In addition to his unique inspirations for the upcoming Venom film, Hardy has also channeled other surprising characters when taking on other film roles. In the interview, he revealed he took inspiration from Bugs Bunny when taking on the role of infamous gangster Al Capone for the upcoming biopic Fonzo.
He also admitted he knew relatively little about the character Venom after agreeing to take on the role, but turned to his eldest son, a longtime comic book fan, for help. His son indeed ‘was a huge influence on me doing the role.’
The ‘tortured neurosis’ of filmmaker Woody Allen also inspired Tom Hardy in his upcoming role
When will Venom open in theaters?
Venom will be released on Friday, October 5 in the U.S. and the UK.
The trailer for Venom was uploaded to YouTube on July 31, 2018 and has already garnered more than 27 million views.
Who is Tom Hardy?
Tom Hardy is an actor slated to appear as Eddie Brock and Venom in the upcoming superhero movie Venom.
He was born in London on September 15, 1977.
After studying at the Richmond Drama School and the Drama Centre London, Hardy broke into the entertainment business in 2001 after appearing in the acclaimed TV series Band of Brothers and later the Ridley Scott war drama Black Hawk Down.
In the following years, Hardy went on to appear in a number of notable films and TV shows, include Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002, Wuthering Heights in 2008, Inception in 2010, The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, The Revenant in 2015 and Dunkirk in 2017.
Over the course of his career as a professional actor, Hardy has been nominated for or won a number of prestigious accolades, including for the BAFTA Awards, MTV Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, Academy Awards and many others.
Tom Hardy’s net worth is believed to be about $30 million (£23.3 million).