When asked to describe his favourite scene in the flick, Hardy told ComicsExplained that his best moments were embedded in "30 to 40 minutes'" of footage eventually removed from the picture. With many concerned that filmmakers may have ditched some of Venom's most promising content, the British star has now readdressed his previous claims in an interview with IGN.
"I think that's been misunderstood," the 41-year-old explained. "What I'm saying is that I had a lot of time improvising and a lot of freedom to play with Venom. In honesty, there's probably about seven hours or more worth of footage of me playing as Venom and enjoying myself.
"Me and the other executive producers know fully well that has nothing to do with what's in the story, do you know what I mean?" he continued. "But nevertheless, would I like to watch a seven-hour version of Venom? Yeah. Do you know what I mean? But that's as an actor."
The "Dunkirk" star insisted that "everything we wanted" was included, and added that he was keen to shoot a sequel to the "awesome" movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hardy clarifies his comments about the footage cut from Venom: "Everything I want is in it. And more." pic.twitter.com/IyOEo9oNmd— IGN (@IGN) October 2, 2018
However, it appears that Hardy may be alone in wanting a second helping of Venom, as reviews have been overwhelmingly unfavourable.
The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw wrote that the first film in Sony's Marvel Universe is "riddled with the poison of dullness", while Variety's Owen Gleiberman described it as "unexciting in its ho-hum competence". Don Kaye from Den of Geek added that the feature "might have been made in 1996".
Venom currently has a 27 per cent Rotten Tomatoes rating and hits U.S. cinemas on Friday, October 05.