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Tom Hardy Had Folks Hearing Double While Achieving Venom’s Voice

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When it comes to certain roles, sometimes a character’s voice can make or break the performance. Tom Hardy understands this better than anyone, and has altered his voice for numerous iconic roles in the past. But a new supervillain might have proved an unprecedented challenge for the English actor.

The World Has Enough Superheroes

On October 5, we’ll see Hardy’s long-awaited take on the beloved Marvel villain Venom. Anyone who has seen the trailer can hear Hardy’s terrifying Venom voice for themselves, but how hard was it to achieve?

Turns out, trying to get his voice right wasn’t that big of a challenge. “Actually, the sound boys, [Patrick Anderson on sound playback and production sound mixer Michael B. Koff], they worked relentlessly to trigger [it] — I’d have to lay down the vocal for Venom in the morning and then play Eddie opposite in my earpiece, and whoever was working in the scene with me, had to hear Venom at the same time but then ignore that they’d heard Venom,” Hardy told Entertainment Weekly.

For this to work, several takes were made for these specific scenes. Anyone shooting with Hardy had to be told whether or not they were throwing lines to Venom.

Deja Vu All Over Again

This kind of shooting is too familiar for Hardy. In the 2015 film Legend, he portrayed twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Much like Venom, he had to perform two distinct voices.

“He’d record Ron’s side of the dialogue, give it to sound guy who’d cut it together in a way he could fit his Reggie dialogue in between his Ron dialogue. Then he’d go off to hair and makeup and come back. He would wear an earpiece that no one could see. We would play Ron in his ear,” Legend director Brian Helgeland told Bustle.

Introducing The Universe

Venom will be the first film for Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters. The movie will have elements from the Venom: Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes miniseries.

Joining Hardy in Venom are Michelle Williams as Anne Weying and Riz Ahmed as Riot. Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, and Mac Brandt will also be featured in undisclosed roles.

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