Tom Hardy’s Venom Is Inspired By An Unlikely Collection Of Real People Sony Remember: The next time you thirst after Venom, you’re really thirsting for Woody Allen. In an entertaining interview with Esquire, actor Tom Hardy revealed that his dual roles of Eddie Brock and Venom in Ruben Fleischer’s Spider-Man spin-off are based on an interesting trio of real-life people: “Woody Allen’s tortured neurosis and all the humor that can come from that. Conor McGregor — the überviolence but not all the talking. And Redman out of control, living rent-free in his head.” Those are not details he revealed to the execs at Sony, which is producing the movie.