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Conor McGregor, Woody Allen, and rapper Redman are the unlikely trio who inspired the various characteristics of Tom Hardy’s Venom character, he told Esquire recently.

In a profile released earlier this week, Hardy revealed prep for the role — in which he plays Eddie Brock, a journalist whose body is shared with an alien symbiote who gives him vicious superpowers — took over a year. Watch him in action in the trailer below.

Hardy explained how Woody Allen’s gallows humor fed into his character, as did Conor McGregor’s violent disposition and Redman’s free-living lifestyle.

“Woody Allen’s tortured neurosis and all the humor that can come from that [inspired me],” said Hardy. “[As did] Conor McGregor—the überviolence, but not all the talking. And Redman, out of control, living rent-free in his head.”

When asked if Sony knew any of this though, the answer was a hard no.  “You don’t say shit like that to the studio,” he admitted.

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