Tom Hardy Says His Favorite Parts of VENOM Were Cut Out of The Movie
During a recent interview, Tom Hardy was asked about his favorite scene in Venom, and in response, the actor says that his favorite parts ended up on the cutting room floor! He tells Comics Explained that, “there are scenes that aren’t in this movie,” and added:
“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.”
That’s kinda sad to hear that all of Hardy’s favorite scenes didn’t make it in the movie. That makes me wonder if some of those scenes would have pushed the film in R-rated territory, which was apparently never a consideration for the film. Producer Avi Arad said:
"To me, R is not a consideration. Can you get away with not R so that other people can see? So that younger people can see? I made an animated show. There was a lot of Venom in there. It was in '94. There's no reason to put in violence. To define what Venom is as violence. He's not. He's the lethal protector, which is a very different thing. We want to be really true to the comics. Today, in CGI and stuff, we can make Venom bite your head. But we don't have to show the head going side to side like, 'that actually tastes good.' It's irrelevant. What's relevant is that you finally understood, is that a bad guy? Yeah."
Producer Matt Tolmach added, “There isn’t some phantom version of the movie. Everyone is asking us that. Is there an R-rated cut sitting there? There isn’t.”
That being said, I’m not sure why director Ruben Fleischer teased an R-rating at times through the process of the development of the film, but whatever. Now he’s saying the plan for the film was always PG-13:
“We only ever talked about this movie as being PG-13. What I’ve said in the past is that we wanted to push the violence to the hilt. The Dark Knight was always a huge reference point for me, personally, just as far as how far you could take a PG-13 because that movie they put a pen through a guy’s forehead so I figure if you can do that in a PG-13 movie you can bite some heads off.”
Fleischer added the film goes to “the full limit” and that the filmmakers “don’t compromise Venom in any real way.” He also said that Venom is “as aggressive as fans could possibly hope for, I think.”
We'll see about that. So, Venom is going to be PG-13, and we won’t get to see any of Hardy’s favorite scenes. That’s a shame. Venom opens October 5th.
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