In a recent interview with RTÉ, actor Tom Hardy says he based the comic book character on someone physically capable, and ultimately one name came to mind: Conor McGregor.

“It was not Venom: he was not based on him. There were more elements of [Venom’s alter-ego] Eddie Brock which needed to be pinned on somebody who’s incredibly handy physically. And, obviously, Conor is incredibly handy physically,” said Hardy. 

“There was an aspect the studio wanted somebody who could fight, which they always do in these sort of hero movies,” he added.”They want somebody who can have a scrap. Conor obviously wants to have a scrap with everybody, so that’s useful.

But then, the are other elements in the character like the neurosis of Woody Allen, Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and other elements within. But yeah, he was definitely a key note.”

Hardy took serious MMA training in preparation for the role, building on his experience from Warrior, to get a grip on the Jekyll & Hyde rage that exists within theSpiderman villain.

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You can catch Venom in theaters this Friday.