With director Andy Serkis’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage opening in theaters this weekend, I recently got to speak with Woody Harrelson about making the sequel. During the fun conversation, Harrelson talked about how he got ready to play Cletus Kasady and if he looked at anything to help create his voice and mannerisms, what people would be surprised to learn about the making of Venom 2, how he and Tom Hardy lobbied Tom Rothman, Chairman of Sony Pictures, to have Serkis direct the sequel, how he gets ready to film a very emotional scene, and more. In addition, I jokingly asked if he burned the wig he wore in the first film so he wouldn’t have to wear it again in the sequel.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is about Eddie Brock (Hardy) trying to get his career back on track by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady (Harrelson) as a favor to the San Francisco police. Unfortunately, Cletus Kasady becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage and escapes prison after a failed execution. Venom 2 also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, and Stephen Graham. The film was written by Kelly Marcel, based on a story she wrote with Hardy.
Watch what Woody Harrelson had to say above and below is exactly what we talked about.
- When he found out he was making the sequel did he burn the wig from the first film?
- Since Cletus is a popular character with fans did he look at anything to inspire him on his mannerisms and the way he would speak?
- What would people be surprised to learn about the making of Venom 2?
- How Tom Hardy and Harrelson lobbied Tom Rothman to hire Andy Serkis to helm the sequel.
- How does he get ready to film a very emotional or dramatic scene?
- What did Andy Serkis bring to the Venom sequel?