The Venom press tour could certainly be going better.
During a recent interview with Comics Explained to promote the new comic book movie from Sony, star Tom Hardy was asked what his favorite scenes to film were, and he gave a surprising response: scenes that aren't even in the movie. Hardy estimates that between 30 and 40 minutes worth of material was cut out of the film, and this includes his favorite scenes.
Hardy conducted this interview next to his co-star Riz Ahmed, who tried to save face by saying Hardy was talking about the scenes that were the most fun to film, not necessarily the scenes that are best for audience members. But Hardy seemed to only make matters worse, asking Ahmed, "Does it mean that [the cut scenes] weren't any good? Is that what you're saying?” The interview ended with Hardy not having given an example of a favorite scene that's actually in the movie.
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Early on in Venom's production, fans had hoped the film would be rated R and would feature the sort of violence not allowed in a traditional PG-13 superhero movie. Venom was ultimately given a PG-13 rating, but director Ruben Fleischer has said there might be an unrated cut, suggesting some more gruesome scenes were shot and then removed; the film's producers, however, have insisted it was meant to be PG-13 from the beginning.
Venom hits theaters on Oct. 5. Watch the interview with Hardy below. Brendan Morrow
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