Entertainment Movies Tom Hardy and Andy Serkis Discuss 'Venom 2' : 'We Like to Swim in the Dark End of the Swimming Pool' Tom Hardy and Andy Serkis talk to PEOPLE about collaborating on the sequel to 2018's hit Venom By Nigel Smith Nigel Smith Nigel Smith is Senior News Editor, Movies at PEOPLE. He is an Entertainment Editor and Writer with more than 10 years of experience in the online and print industries as a journalist, storyteller, proofreader and manager. In 2017 Smith joined the PEOPLE editorial team in New York as News Editor, Movies. He has written feature stories and reviews including interviews with Ryan Reynolds, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Hudson and Russell Crowe. Prior, he served as News Editor at the Wrap in Los Angeles, and Entertainment Editor at the Guardian, also in LA, where he covered the red carpet at major awards shows including the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Governors Awards, Grammy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. He also attended and reported on major film festivals at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, SXSW and Tribeca. Smith has appeared as an expert commentator on numerous morning and entertainment shows including Good Morning America, Today, NBC News, BBC News, Access Hollywood, NY1, PeopleTV and more. A native of Toronto, Canada, Smith graduated from Syracuse University in New York State with Master of Arts degree in Arts Journalism (Film). He is married and lives in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 28, 2021 01:14 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures; David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage Tom Hardy and Andy Serkis are a match made in movie heaven. The two, who share a passion for creating villainous and strange-sounding creatures on film (Hardy, 44, as the titular anti-superhero in Venom, and Serkis, 57, as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films), team up for the first time in Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Hardy returns to the dual role of Venom and Eddie Brock, while Serkis directs with Woody Harrelson and Naomie Harris playing the action film's villainous duo. "We wanted to work together for years and years because we have, I think, very similar sensibilities and we both like to swim in the dark end of the swimming pool in terms of characters," Serkis tells PEOPLE during a joint interview with Hardy. "We've been in the same world. This was a perfect opportunity." Courtesy of Sony Pictures Making the deal even sweeter for Serkis was the fact that he "loved" the first Venom film, which was released in 2018 and grossed more than $856 million worldwide. Woody Harrelson Makes Monstrous Debut Alongside Tom Hardy in Venom: Let There Be Carnage Trailer "I loved what Tom had done, and so to come in, to drop into the part of the story where you get to really enjoy the evolution of their, Venom and Eddie's, it just seemed to all make sense," the actor-turned-director says. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human-interest stories. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Hardy shares the same love for Serkis, who he praises as "one of the best characters actors of our generation." It was Hardy, who's also a producer and has a story credit on the sequel, who actually called Serkis with the offer to direct. "I know that he has the ability to tell story at an epic level," Hardy explains of his pick for director. (The first Venom was helmed by Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer.) "He's worked with Peter Jackson on second unit to deliver huge pieces, so it's not out of his wheelhouse. Then as an artist, as a friend, there's a connection there of trying to do something which is epic and complicated and complex. It's great to have somebody there leading it who I know I have a trust as an artist. He has the ability to deliver." Venom: Let There Be Carnage is in theaters Thursday.