Conor McGregor Inspired Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom’

As the days count down to "The Notorious" Conor McGregor's return to the Octagon, it was recently revealed that the UFC superstar played a key role in bringing to life Tom Hardy's character in the upcoming film 'Venom'.

As the days count down to “The Notorious” Conor McGregor’s return to the Octagon, it was recently revealed that the UFC superstar played a key role in bringing to life Tom Hardy’s character in the upcoming film ‘Venom‘. 

Speaking to RTE Entertainment, Hardy said McGregor was a “key note” to getting the character right because the former two-division mixed martial arts champion “wants to have a scrap with everybody.” Hardy will be playing the dual roles of Eddie Brock and Venom in the movie that is scheduled to be released Oct. 5 in the United States. 

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“I don’t think he’d be bothered, really,” Hardy said to RTE Entertainment. “Conor doesn’t strike me as the type of person who might be that bothered!

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

Unfortunately, the Oscar-nominated actor noted fans probably won’t recognize McGregor’s mannerismson the screen because it “was more of an interior choice.” That means if you were hoping to see Hardy imitate McGregor’s distinctive strut with his arms swinging in the film, don’t reserve your seat.

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Venom is an alien symbiote who needs a human host to survive and Hardy plays the anti-hero and investigative journalist Eddie Brock, the character who first becomes Venom, in the new Spider-Man spin-off.

Hardy, who is no stranger to superhero franchises having played Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, said he drew on a mix of inspirations for the Venom movie, and that McGregor was a “key note”.


Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. Having been involved with combat sports since 2005, Rhett began in the Fighter Relations Department of the UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting. Eventually, he became the Site Coordinator for the now-defunct Strikeforce organization. He then founded Fight Services and handled the event and talent logistics for MMA World Series of Fighting, Titan FC, as well as boxing promoter K2 Promotions. Rhett was also a Stage Manager for Showtime Championship Boxing. Currently, Rhett is the lead combat sports and bodybuilding writer, producer, podcaster, and host for The Shadow League. He has also been published in Money Magazine, reported for TIME Magazine and been a freelance writer for UFC.com, MaximumFighting.com, UFC 360 Magazine, Fight Magazine, MMAPayout.com, and Heavy.com. Rhett has hosted lifestyle TV programming in the Washington, D.C. market on the District of Columbia Network (DCN) and the District Knowledge Network (DKN) and has been a Play-By-Play Announcer for Monumental Sports Network’s PPV streaming service.