Tom Hardy says Venom movie made him channel his mental illness problems

Tom Hardy has shared his unique take on the role of anti-hero Venom.

The Oscar-nominated actor stars in director Reuben Fleischer’s blockbuster as Eddie Brock, a streetwise journalist who bites off more than he can chew during an investigation. The results are set to be “more violent” than any other Marvel-associated movie.

In Venom, Brock’s body and mind play host to an extraterrestrial symbiote, with the monstrous Venom wreaking havoc on the streets and munching heads off in the process.

“To me it’s exciting, because it’s a double act,” Hardy told Esquire. “The character has an ethical framework, the alien by virtue of coming from another planet doesn’t have the same ethical framework, and they have to work out how to be together so they click.”

Hardy compared this dark performance to something close to mental illness – a subject which is of particular importance to the 40-year-old.

“He now has a beast who lives rent-free in him,” the actor added. “It could be like somebody who’s contracted a tropical disease and gone mad.

“It’s like acting out mental illness in some aspects, of which I have a fair understanding, having had a certain amount of mental health problems of my own, which are relevant, being an addict. So I might as well f**king use it.”

Hardy has previously spoken of battling a serious drug addiction in his early-to-mid-20s, saying that at one stage in his life, he “would have sold [his] mother for a rock of crack”.

Whatever the results of the film, Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Tom Holland wants Venom to appear in the MCU.

Venom will be released on October 5.

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