Editors' Choice

Tom Hardy Says His Favorite Scenes Aren’t in ‘Venom’

Steve Porter / October 4, 2018

Venom is receiving poor reviews after early screenings, with critics debating whether or not the film is an entertaining mess or just a total mess.

Critics have been frustrated by the movie’s lack of commitment and haphazard handling of the core character: Venom is, on the one hand, a tortured antihero—a man possessed by an alien symbiote that drives him to kill and eat human beings. On the other hand, Venom embodies the extreme “attitude” of comics in the 90s, grotesque, bombastic, with a lot of potential for black comedy. There’s a sort of gleeful, preposterous, kineticism to Venom—Tom Hardy as the bumbling puppet to a compelling monster—that’s only hinted at in the PG-13 film.

This makes us even more curious that, according to the film’s star, Tom Hardy, his favorite scenes in Venom didn’t make it to the final cut. Hardy explained in an interview with ComicsExplained alongside co-star Riz Ahmed that there are 30 to 40 minutes of scenes that aren’t in the movie.

His favorite scenes? “Mad puppeteering scenes, dark comedy scenes. You know what I mean?” Hardy said, “They just never made it in.” Perhaps that’s the sort of material that, if it had been prioritized, would have appealed to critics.

We should also keep in mind that Riz Ahmed pointed out that there’s a key difference between an actor’s favorite scenes to shoot—which can involve a lot of joking around and having fun on set—and the best scenes for a movie. Watch their exchange for yourself; Hardy discusses his favorite scenes at 4:40.

We’ll have to wait for the DVD extras to see if Hardy’s favorite scenes would have made a difference. Directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, and Jenny Slate, Venom arrives in theaters on October 5.