Venom 2 may not receive a distribution license in China due to 2012 racist remarks by Tom Hardy. This was reported by the authors of Variety, reminding readers that the date of the film’s premiere in the Celestial Empire is still unknown.
Variety cites Tom Hardy as an example of what he said in an interview on the release of The Drunkest District in the World. Then one of the journalists compared Tom Hardy to the actor Marlon Brando.
Hardy responded by saying that he had seen only one film with Brando – “Tea Ceremony” in 1956. The actor called the picture “the film where Brando played the Chinese”, although Marlon got the role of the Japanese translator.
In the next interview, where Hardy was asked to confirm that he had not seen the films with Brando, the actor replied, “I saw the Shanghai Rising Sun Ceremony or whatever they call it, where he played the Chinese.”
According to Variety, these and some others Hardy’s remarks in China were considered “offensive” – residents of the country wrote hundreds of angry comments on the forum, and one of the videos with analysis of Hardy’s interviews gained 1.5 million views on the Chinese analogue of YouTube.
“To call a Japanese character Chinese is really racial discrimination. It hurts me. Such a shame. Goodbye, Tom Hardy, ”Variety quotes one of these comments.
In addition to Venom 2, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Eternals never came out in China – the media also reported that the films had not been censored. The premiere of “Venom 2” in Russia took place on 30 September.
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