Tom Hardy revealed some of his favourite scenes were cut out of the much-talked about movie “Venom” as he chatted to Comics Explained in a new interview.
Hardy, 41, who has been busy promoting the eagerly anticipated Marvel flick, in which he takes on the role of the lead character, was asked what his favourite moment was to film.
He then replied: “Things that aren’t in [it].”
The actor continued, “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.”
His co-star Riz Ahmed, who plays Dr. Carlton Drake in the film, then joked that it was because Hardy’s scenes simply weren’t good enough to make the cut.
After making the comments, Hardy has since insisted that despite bits being cut out, he still loves everything about the movie.
When asked about the remarks on the red carpet, the British star told The Associated Press: “Listen I’ve got to correct that. As an actor speaking, [you’ve] got to know that I may or may not have improvised about seven or eight, maybe 10 days-worth of footage that I want in that movie. Could I watch a seven hour movie of my acting?
“You know what I mean? But that’s not what it’s about, is it? As an executive producer I knew anyway what the story was about and that’s not what it was.
“Point is, everything I wanted to make is in that movie, more actually. And it’s awesome and I love it.”
“Venom” has been getting a mixed reaction online since the social media embargo for the Sony superhero movie was lifted.
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Hardy’s latest interview comes after executive producer Matt Tolmach assured ComicBook.com that “there isn’t some phantom version of the movie” floating around, despite the cut scenes. It was suggested that the film had been edited so that it would receive a PG-13 certificate in America.
He shared, “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’ [the 2008 ‘Batman’ film] was always a huge reference point for me, personally, just as far as how far you could take a PG-13.”
“Venom” opens in theatres October 18.