Actor Tom Hardy told Esquire that he based his "Venom" performance on writer and director Woody Allen, UFC fighter Conor McGregor, and rapper Redman.

Hardy said he didn't tell the studio, Sony, about his inspirations: "You don’t say s--- like that to the studio."

He said he was inspired by Allen's "tortured neurosis and all the humor that can come from that."

Tom Hardy found unusual inspiration in three completely different people for his performance in "Venom," which hits theaters later this year: controversial writer and director Woody Allen, UFC fighter Conor McGregor, and the rapper Redman.

Hardy plays troubled reporter Eddie Brock in the movie, who becomes the anti-hero Venom after an alien symbiote latches on to him.

The character is a classic Spider-Man villain who the studio, Sony, is giving the solo treatment.

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