To play the bad guy “Venom” in the Marvel feature film broadcast this Sunday evening by TF1, the British actor Tom Hardy was notably inspired by James Brown and … Woody Allen!
When Tom Hardy is working on a character, he doesn’t do it halfway! To play the bad guy Venom in the Marvel film broadcast this Sunday evening on TF1, the British actor, who recently told how he found the terrifying voice of Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, has notably drawn its inspiration from big names in music and independent cinema.
To take the terrifying and cavernous voice of Venom, Tom Hardy confides to be inspired by those of James Brown, the king of Soul, and rappers Redman and Busta Rhymes. “I played with their voices, I merged them to achieve what you hear”, he explains at Screenrant’s microphone. “I wanted to bring it like a vibration, a heartbeat. I wanted it to be bombastic, witty, intelligent, yet with a powerful, familiar sound that was tasty.”
But that’s not all ! Tom Hardy also states at Indiewire’s microphone be inspired by New York filmmaker Woody Allen to “his tortured neurosis and all the humor that can come from it”, by Irish martial artist Connor McGregor for his “ultra-violence” and again from Redman, but this time because according to him, a character “out of control” lives in the rapper’s mind, much like Venom lives in Eddie Brock’s mind.
His funny influences to play the character of Venom, Tom Hardy, when he was approached for the role, preferred to keep them to himself and not to share them with Sony. “We don’t say that kind of *** *** in the studio”, he laughs.
Tom Hardy, playing Venom tonight on TF1, will find the character again on Wednesday, October 20, the date on which the suite, titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage, is released in theaters.
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