“Conor Wants to Have a Scrap With Everybody” – MMA Champion Tom Hardy Revealed Conor McGregor’s ‘Venom’ Inspiration Once

Renowned Hollywood actor Tom Hardy is a passionate MMA fan. While some movie fans may not be aware of his love for MMA, he has broken the internet on at least a couple of occasions with his MMA skills.


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He was last seen on the big screen in 2021 in the project “Venom: Let there be Carnage”. It’s a sequel to the 2018 film Venom. Fans will soon be able to see him in an upcoming Netflix project – Havoc. He doubles his duties as actor and producer.


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The British actor in an interview with RTÉ entertainment, revealed the inspiration behind his character Eddie Brock. He had this interview prior to the release of the film Venom.

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What Tom Hardy revealed about the inspiration?

The Brit’s character, Eddie Brock, is a journalist whose life is in shambles. After a catastrophe, he could no longer reconcile his work and love life. While trying to get revenge on the organization that ruined his career, he encounters Venom, the space symbiote. The rest of the film deals with the developing dynamic of Eddie Brock and Venom.

He said, “There were more elements of Eddie Brock that needed to be pinned on someone who is incredibly physically skilled. And of course Conor is incredibly handy physically.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Tom Hardy arrives at the premiere of Lionsgate Films’ ‘Warrior’ at the Cinerama Dome Theater on September 6, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The writers expect Eddie to fight like a frustrated man trying to vent his anger. The Dark Knight Rises antagonist explained: “There was an aspect that the studio wanted someone who could fight, which they always do in these kinds of hero movies. They want someone who can have a scrap. Conor obviously wants to argue with everyone, so that’s useful.”


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Hardy then listed the various influences on his on-screen character, Eddie. He mentioned famous Oscar winner Woody Allen and Indiana Jones character Harrison Ford. But he admitted about former UFC champion Conor McGregor, saying: “He was definitely a key note.”

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The Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt holder and actor also trained and honed his MMA skills for the same role.

Tom Hardy’s recent MMA exploits

The fan-favorite actor recently competed in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship. To everyone’s surprise, he decimated every opponent he faced.


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However, following Hardy closely, it may surprise no one. He displayed stunning fighting skills during an exhibition jiu-jitsu tournament and won 2 gold medals. MMA fans could even see the 44-year-old armbar subduing his opponent.


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