We live in an age where things you said 10 years ago, that you probably completely forgot you ever said, can come back to haunt you.
Tom Hardy has found that out, after reports suggest Venom 2 won’t be shown in China after comments he made while promoting Lawless a decade ago.
The actor used the derogatory term ‘Chinaman’ when referring to a Japanese movie.
Variety reported at the time:
Asked at the film’s press conference whether he saw Marlon Brando as an acting influence, Hardy admitted he had only ever seen one Brando movie — not “The Godfather,” “On the Waterfront,” or “A Streetcar Named Desire,” but one he described as “‘The Tea Rising in Shanghai’… the one where he played the Chinaman,” to laughs from the audience. He was referring to the 1956 Japan-set comedy “The Teahouse of the August Moon.”
That’s a big loss for Venom fans in China.