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On the night of a big film premiere, somebody or something always makes the headlines. Usually it's the actress who wears that dress, or the drunk producer who trips on the red carpet.
But at the premiere of new superhero film, Venom, in Los Angeles on Monday, it was the furry friendship between the film's star Tom Hardy and a security dog which had everyone talking. And why wouldn't it - for many this was a fantasy union brought to life.
Hardy was in high-spirits throughout the evening, laughing and joking with the rest of the cast and flicking the odd thumbs up to the press. However, it was only as he exited the premiere and set his eyes upon a security pooch that he truly lit up.
Like any good superhero worth their salt, Hardy showed he was unafraid of soiling his immaculate pin-striped suit as he took a knee and thoroughly acquainted himself with the doggo. From there a special friendship unfolded and the joy in Hardy's eyes was only topped by that of said doggo's, who seemed completely transfixed and mesmerised, lost in the most magical moment of its career in security.
Sure, when you hear you've got the security dog gig at the Venom premiere you think, cool, this should be a good do, will probably be some tasty canapes floating about. But O M G, for the star of the show Tom Hardy to not only notice you but get down and pet the life out of you, that's canine cloud nine right there.
In truth, Hardy was evidently completely made up too. The die-hard fans among you will know that his beloved Labrador-cross Woody died last year, after appearing with him at many film premieres, and Hardy said he was 'devastated by his loss'. As such, it is no surprise to see how happy this encounter made the 41-year-old.
Indeed, the Peaky Blinders and Batman actor has struck up another dog based friendship since, while appearing on Good Morning Britain. Not long after being introduced to presenter Richard Arnold's cockapoo Clemmie, the two could be seen sharing some scratches and licks (Hardy scratching, Clemmie licking).
The interaction left some viewers jealous of Hardy and many more jealous of Clemmie. Meanwhile, dogs across the world are nervously hoping they'll be next to cross paths with the actor on his promotional tour of the Marvel Comic based film, which is released on 5 October.
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