There remains a clear divide between a movie star and an actor, but few talents in the industry straddle that line better than Woody Harrelson.
On one hand, we have the three-time Academy Award-nominated star of such acclaimed projects as The People vs. Larry Flynt, No Country for Old Men, Out of the Furnace, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and the first season of True Detective.
On the other, we’ve got the hammy and hilarious scene-stealer from Kingpin, Semi-Pro, Zombieland, Now You See Me, and more.
Upcoming sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage finds Harrelson between both. It’s a wise approach when he’s playing a vengeful, unrelenting serial killer, albeit one who finds himself bonding with a parasite from outer space.
Subtlety will not be the order of the day when Andy Serkis’ blockbuster comes to theaters in less than four weeks, and Tom Hardy has been lavishing praise on his opposite number from both a personal and professional perspective.
“Woody is one of the coolest people I have ever met. As a human being and as an actor, he is just formidable. There is nothing that you can present him with that will shock him; he has an answer, a solution to everything and he has a story to tell. As an artist, he is just wonderful, with such a brilliant, talented playful creative mind, that it’s an absolute joy to work with him.”
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If the trailers have been any indication, Harrelson isn’t just going to chew on the scenery in Venom: Let There Be Carnage, but devour it. Even those who didn’t care for the first installment will have their curiosity piqued by watching a pair of powerhouse actors go toe-to-toe in an effort to see who can deliver the most unhinged performance.