BEVERLY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio)— Local hip-hop star Seamus Ryan, who goes by the stage name Esoteric, got to live out his childhood comic book dreams when he was asked to make music for the film "Venom: Let There Be Carnage".
The film is the latest installment in Marvel and Columbia Pictures' "Venom" franchise staring Academy Award-nominated actor Tom Hardy. Ryan told WBZ's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) that Hardy reached out to him directly while he was out walking his dogs last winter.
"It was like 6 a.m. and an international phone number pops up from the UK and it's Tom Hardy," Ryan said. "I'm kind of unprepared because I have two big labs that were pulling me. That first conversation...I was a little flustered."
Ryan said Hardy told him he was a big fan of his music and would listen to it while he worked out in the gym. He invited Ryan and his hip-hop group CZARFACE, a trio with him, Inspectah Deck of the Wu Tang Clan, and another local artist 7L, to do two songs for the film.
Ryan said he was excited for the opportunity not just because his kids are into comic books, but also because he loved them growing up in Beverly.
"I'm an only child and I feel like I was left to my own devices to entertain myself [so I ended up] spending hours on my stomach on the kitchen floor of my house [reading]," Ryan said.
CZARFACE's two songs for the film, which comes out Friday Oct. 1, are titled “Good Guys, Bad Guys” and “Today’s Special”.
WBZ's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) has the story.