Nobody who saw the first Venom movie should be surprised by Tom Hardy’s level of commitment to projects. His intense, method-acting take on both Eddie Brock and the alien symbiote in his head resonated with critics and fans even when the rest of the movie didn’t. And that devotion to the role led to a story credit for the sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage. It’s his first feature credit as a writer, though he previously co-created the TV series Taboo, and co-wrote the short film “Get a Grip” (via SuperHeroHype).
In a new interview with Empire, primary screenwriter Kelly Marcel describes the creative process with Hardy. Together, the two helped found The Bad Dog Theater Company in the UK in 2010.
“He doesn’t get a pen and write,” she says. “We spent months breaking the story together on FaceTime, riffing on ideas, seeing what worked, seeing what didn’t. Then I took everything we spoke about and holed up somewhere for three months quietly, knocking out a script.” She adds, “It’s not new for him to be this involved. He’s absolutely 100 percent committed to everything that he does.”
If he’s as committed as last time, fans of the first film ought to be satisfied. Not every actor would dive into a lobster tank so readily.
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