A couple weeks ago Tom Hardy won the Rising Star award at the 2011 BAFTA’s [ the British equivalent to the Oscars] but he wasn’t there to accept it. He was probably off somewhere working because the actor is signed on to appear in more than his fair share of blockbusters with the most notable being The Dark Knight Rises.
Hardy recently appeared on a UK TV show called “Alan Carr: Chatty Man,” where he spoke about his role as Bane in TDKR for the first time. He didn’t give any specifics (he knows the rules) but he did open up about the tone that he’ll take with the character. Like everything else in the Nolanverse, his version of Bane will be a lot darker and more serious than what we’ve seen in the past.
Here’s what Hardy had to say:
“Have you seen Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin? Doesn’t look very menacing does he? Christopher Nolan will revisit the character so I wouldn’t go by that at all. I’m going to need to bulk up a lot for it. That’s a lot of weight to put on and I’ve got to start shooting in May. I’ve got to go up to about 13 or 14 stone. I’m 12 and a bit now, so I only have a few months to do that.”
Besides his huge build, one of the signatures of Bane is his mask, which is similar to what luchadores wear in the wrestling ring. Hardy stated that he will wear it in the film but only if he feels like it.
What do you think of Hardy’s first thoughts on Bane?