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In the upcoming anti-hero film, Venom, Tom Hardy plays journalist Eddie Brock.

Brock's fusion with an alien symbiote creates his dark alter-ego from the eponymous film title.

Trailers show the actor getting in touch with his sinister side.

But his recent interview with BBC Radio 1β€”in which he answered questions from junior callersβ€”revealed a gentler, more adorable side.

Watch Hardy answer questions here.

Because all the callers were children, Hardy dignified each question with an answer, regardless of how wacky their innocent queries were.

Up first was five-year-old Cooper, who asked:

"How did you get into the TV?"

The actor humored them by answering:

"There's a little door 'round the back and inside there, there's various colleges."
"It's a little bit like Hogwarts but different. And there's an acting school in there as well. And after a period of time you graduate and eventually, you appear, when they let you, on the screen."

When BBC Radio interviewer Dev asked how the actor would exit the telly, Hardy simply explained:

"You open up the door and come back out again, and you close the door behind you. But that's a secret."

But being a father himself, his parental instincts kicked in to caution his new friend.

Hardy said:

"And also, Cooper, don't go around the back of the telly without your mom or dad watching you, okay? [Or] touch any wires or look for a door."

Eleven-year-old Lola, who's trying "really hard to behave," asked Hardy:

"What's the naughtiest thing you've ever done?"

"You don't want to know," he quipped, but then turned around and reminded her that "making an effort to try to be good is really, really important. Being yourself is more important."

"Enjoy being young 'cause it's very, very special."

Other questions included "What snack would you be?" and "What's your favorite princess?"

But the next question really made Hardy get in touch with his philosophical side.

A six-and-a-half-year-old goldfish enthusiast named Jimmy wondered if the actor preferred the little carps over humans.

Hardy gave a thoughtful answer.

"Jimmy, all sentient beings are important, you know, so I don't think you can love anything that's not sentient more than the other."
"And we can see ourselves in all living things."
"So one has to care about everything and approach it with love."
"Unless, of course, it attacks you. In which case, lovingly see it off with a big stick."

Not being able to contain himself after his thought-provoking answer, Hardy erupted in a mini giggle fit.

How can he be so silly and charming at the same time?

Venom was directed by Ruben Fleischer and will be distributed by Sony Pictures for an October 5, 2018 release in the United States.

Hardy will be joined by co-stars Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.

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