Tom Hardy: “My Favorite 40 Minutes Were Cut from the Film” but Not Really

Just let that sink in a little.

The star of one of the most anticipated action movies of the fall has a small issue with his film (other than it may really suck a little after all this hype). A good portion of said film was left on the cutting room floor.

Just left! Maybe that was the rated-R stuff? Perhaps that was some of the questionable, non-family-focused Venom stuff? Who knows what was considered when the transformation of Eddie Brock was on the whiteboard.

What we do know is that the man behind Brock and his symbiote buddy was happy to get a check, but that may be all that pleased him.

In an interview with ComicsExplained, Hardy said his favorite scenes in the entire film were “things that aren’t in this movie.

“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.”

While it’s nice to watch Tom Hardy say what he feels about Venom, there’s something disturbing about it as well.

As fans, we have no idea what goes into making a movie like this involving puppeteering, or motion capture, acting on a green screen, and an ess-ton of CGI. That said, we do know what a good story needs — namely, when it comes to canon of a comic book that has been out for about 30 years.

Venom is a brooding creature spawning the hate mankind has for itself. He also has a voracious appetite for brain matter. And while this movie was never intended to carry an R rating, as noted by director Ruben Fleischer in ComicBook.com, his symbiote wasn’t known for having a 30-minute stand-up set at Ha-Has. “Dark comedy” was left in the film but what fans can only expect was not.

“We only ever talked about this movie as being PG13,” Fleischer said. “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.”

Yes, The Dark Knight pushed bounds and imaginations on what can happen for a PG-13 CBM. And what’s the one thing Nolan didn’t see necessary to cram into a 150-minute movie — jokes.

When you encounter a twisted, maniacal badass like Bane, you’re not looking for slight sarcasm and cheeky insults. At least DC tried to give fans what they expected. Sure, they sucked at it in the end but the attempt to not stray from canon was true.

This movie was a long time coming to get it all right, but 40 minutes were left in the recycling bin with plastic cups and aluminum foil takeout containers.

And now it’s being compared to Catwoman for Mark Bagley’s sake! So, where’s the PR ambulance?

Yeah, just kidding. Tom didn’t mean it before.

I guess the correction was more of that fashionable comedy Venom is famous for offering. Way to go, Fox. Way to go.

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