There’s a lot of ingredients that you have to get right in order to make a high-quality meal. The same can be said for a big budget film, especially in the world of comicbooks and superheroes. With Venom, the magic that occurs in front of the camera is just as important as the work done in post-production, and if you’re going to do something, do it right. What’s the point of releasing something on this scale without every last detail carefully inspected with a fine-toothed comb?
When it comes to Venom as a character, director Ruben Fleischer and Tom Hardy certainly have their work cut out for them. We can strip back everything and simply talk about the character’s voice. Luckily for them, Hardy has plenty of experience when it comes to switching his voice up. He did so with Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, and he also played twins in Legend where both characters had different voices and personalities. You would think that it would come easily to Hardy, but there’s much more to it than one would expect.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hardy explained the process the film’s technical team had when creating the voice of Venom:
“Actually, the sound boys, 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.
And whenever I gave my cue line as Eddie Brock – this might not make any sense to anybody who’s not really techie and geeky about things like this like me – but Patrick [Anderson] would be under the stage queuing Venom accurately so I could cut across him and talk and argue with myself, and stuff like that. It’s a bit techie, it was fun. It was really, really good fun, and the sound boys, actually, to be fair, probably really play Venom. It’s my voice [laughs], but they play Venom.”
Check out the full interview from SDCC below…