Tom Hardy Says Conor McGregor Inspired Venom Character

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Former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor is challenging Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC Lightweight Title in the main event of UFC 229.

A day before UFC 229, a new Marvel Universe movie is going to be hitting theaters in Venom, with Tom Hardy portraying the main character in the film.

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Hardy admits that McGregor was somebody who had helped inspire and shaped the way he portrayed Eddie Brock, who would become Venom.

“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. There was an aspect the studio wanted somebody who could fight, which they always do in these sort of hero movies. They want somebody who can have a scrap. Conor obviously wants to have a scrap with everybody, so that’s useful,” Hardy said to RTE Entertainment.

UFC 229 takes place on Saturday, October 6 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

Venom drops in theaters on Friday, October 5 with Tom Hardy portraying Eddie Brock/Venom.

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