TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - October 2, 2018
From the Eminem song to the terrible, Venom-less first trailer to its very existence, Venom has seemed like a bad idea across the board from the moment it was announced. A movie about Venom without the involvement of Spider-Man seemed misguided at best, like a Joker movie without Batman, or a bunch of Batman villains without Batman, or the entire city of Gotham without Batman.
Of course it's hard to write off the film altogether because of Tom Hardy's involvement. He's an interesting actor who always makes big, bold choices that don't always pay off, but at least give you something interesting to look at if the rest of the film around him is total garbage.
Yesterday the actor made headlines for saying that as many as 40 of his favorite minutes had been cut from the film, leaving many scratching their heads over the apparent existence of a two and a half hour cut of the film. Hardy used last night's premiere to clarify his statement, via Comic Book Movie...
"That’s been misunderstood. What I’m trying to say is, the question was [what] scenes I was most excited to shoot…and I was like, there’s a bunch of stuff that hasn’t made the movie. And I’m talking [from] an actor’s point of view. So what I’m saying is I had a lot of time improvising and a lot of freedom to play with Venom. So in honesty there’s probably about 7 hours or more worth of footage of me playing as Venom and enjoying myself…and when I was doing it I took him right out there, and played with it and had a lot of fun because there’s a lot of fun you can have with the project and with this character."And me and the other executive producers know full well that has nothing to do with what’s in that story. Nevertheless, would I like to watch a 7-hour version of Venom? Yep! But that’s as an actor. But the truth [of it] is everything we wanted is in the story. Everything I want is in the story. And more. And the film is awesome. And I’m excited and I just want to shoot a sequel. Bottom line – don’t get it twisted. As an actor, what we love doing, not everything’s going to make it! I don’t want anyone to think in any way shape or form…that’s not a studio party line, that’s the genuine truth. This movie is awesome. Everything we want is in it. Everything I want is in it. And more. And I’m just saying if I didn’t get my song and dance routine in it, that’s nothing to cry about, but I may have enjoyed that. So if there’s a sequel, hopefully, I can sing and dance in that."
Hey, Tom Hardy... sure.
Anyways, it's also hard to dismiss Michelle Williams' involvement as well, though she was in Oz the Great and Powerful, so that doesn't say much for her selection in projects. Venom hits theaters this coming Thursday night.