Woody Harrelson talks becoming Cletus Kasady for Venom sequel

Woody Harrelson plays the serial killer supervillain Carnage in the sequel to Venom. He talks through the process, starting with that bright red wig.

More and more movies are being delayed. At this point, 2020 is basically a cinematic wasteland, but on the bright side, 2021 is looking pretty good. There’s lots to look forward to, including Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the sequel to 2018’s hit Spider-Man spinoff.

Tom Hardy returns as the titular antihero, as does Michelle Williams. There’s also newcomer Woody Harrelson, who plays serial killer Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage. Speaking to Empire, Harrelson talked through the process of becoming this supervillain, starting with his signature red hair. “There were a lot of concepts and iterations. There were a lot of people involved [in that wig].”

And that’s good, because there are a lot of fans who want to see Carnage’s hair done right, and director Andy Serkis seems to be one of them.

Harrelson already appeared briefly as Kasady for one scene from the first movie, something he did pretty much sight unseen. “I really believed in [director Ruben Fleischer],” said Harrelson, who had worked with Fleischer on Zombieland. “I never did anything that where I hadn’t seen a script. Just rolling the dice. I hoped everything would work out. Even though Ruben didn’t direct, my good buddy Andy Serkis directed and made me feel so comfortable. It’s really cool that he came on.”

However, when he was pressed a little further about the film, the 59-year-old actor tensed up. “I better not talk specifics,” he said. “I’m happy I got to do it. I wish I could say I’ve seen it and know it’s great, but I’m pretty hopeful that it is great.”

Us too, Woody. Believe me, us too.

Having been pushed from this fall, Venom: Let There Be Carnage will now be released on June 25 of next year.

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