Venom star Tom Hardy gave a surprising answer during a recent interview when asked to name his favourite scene from the new superhero film.
The 41-year-old British actor was being interviewed alongside Venom co-star Riz Ahmed when they were asked to nominate their favourite scene from the new Marvel film, which sees Hardy play an investigative journalist who transforms into a gruesome alter-ego.
Hardy's not exactly PR-approved response? "Things that aren't in this movie."
The actor explained: "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."
Perhaps sensing that listing all the amazing scenes that were cut was not the best way to sell a movie to potential viewers, Ahmed interjected: "Yeah, but that's because you enjoyed filming them …"
"Doesn't mean they were any good? Is that what you're saying? That they weren't no good?" Hardy shot back.
"Well, if they didn't make it into the film… They probably weren't any good, bro. Hate to break it to you," Ahmed told his co-star.
See the slightly awkward encounter from 4:40 in the interview below:
It seems the stars of Venom are being unusually blunt as they spruik the movie in the lead-up to its release. Also appearing in the film is Michelle Williams, marking a surprising foray into superhero fare for the four-time Academy Award-nominated actor. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, she was open about the economic considerations that saw her accept a role in the blockbuster.
"I wish there was always a clear, artistic line, but at a certain point, you have to square with the fact that you're getting older, you live in the world and you have needs," she said of taking the part.
"In my twenties I wasn't cognisant of retirement, the housing market or college tuition. I just did whatever the f**k I wanted to do."
"Now, I sometimes do what I want to do, but I also have to make decisions that take care of my family. So, the decision-making is all over the place. It used to be one thing, but now it's many things."
Williams even admitted that superhero fare like Venom is not her cup of tea as a viewer.
"The smaller movies are more me, those are the movies I like to see. If I get to see a movie, it's probably going to be something microscopic or foreign. That's just my taste. But, these kinds of movies open up other opportunities and possibilities in your life," she said.