​​Tom Hardy's Hollywood career has been marked by his unique, self-applied brand as the edgy alternative to method acting. He is indelibly dedicated to his craft, and over the years has delivered some truly incredible performances, fueled by his creative interpretations of the script and meticulous choice in who he allows to influence his work. 

To use an example, Hardy based his role of Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises,' a vicious fighter and sadistic terrorist, on British actor Richard Burton and boxing champion Bartley Gorman. The combination of suave English sophistication and rugged brutality gave his performance a layer of subtext that only he could have applied.


The upcoming '​Venom' film sees Hardy entering something of a similar role as Eddie Brock, a provocative journalist who becomes infected by the mysterious Symbiote substance and transforms into the titular, sadistic anti-hero. In an interview with Esquire, Hardy revealed that he chose to base his performance as Eddie on Woody Allen, Connor McGregor, and Redman.

When questioned on what he took from the strange trinity of influence, ​Hardy elaborated, saying, "Woody Allen’s tortured neurosis and all the humor that can come from that. Conor McGregor—the überviolence but not all the talking. And Redman —the rapper— out of control, living rent-free in his head."


'Venom' is currently in post-production, and Hardy admitted that he never would have discussed his creative choices while still filming or around his producers. "You don’t say s*** like that to the studio," he clarified.