Tom Hardy Wants to Gain 30 Pounds, Says No to Mask for Bane in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
While visiting The Chatty Man Alan Carr, a British television show, Hardy spoke briefly about portraying the villain in Chris Nolan's next Batman film.
Starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Christopher Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by himself and David S. Goyer.
It was recently announced that Inception stars Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were close to signing deals to join the cast. Appearing on The Chatty Man Show, Hardy spoke briefly about his villainous role in the film, and what his preparation for the part entails:
Alan Carr: Inception was directed by Chris Nolan and hes got you a part in that new Batman film?
Tom Hardy: Yeah
Carr: Wow, that's so cool. I wish I was you Tom..
Hardy: So do I! [laughs] Yeah its a good day to be me.
Carr: Your playing a villain called Bane. Now alot of the villains in Batman are quite camp arent they? But he is proper menacing isnt he?
Hardy: Have you seen the Joel Shumacher Batman film Batman and Robin? He doesn't look very menacing does he?
Carr: Oh yeah, maybe that's not a good example, you wont have to wear a gimp mask will you?
Hardy: Well, only if I feel like it [laughs]... No. Again, Chris Nolan will revisit that territory entirely. I wouldn't go by that at all. Plus, that's a lot of weight to put on and I've gotta start shooting in May so I'm gonna go pack up to about 13 - 14 stone [198 lbs]. I'm 12 [168 lbs] and a bit now so I've got 3 months to do that.