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.

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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.

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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.



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CrossTheGrigori

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Yeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhh... something just doesn't sit well with me when I hear that BANE will only be 198 pounds. You can call em stones if you want man, but it doesn't make you into a guy who'se schtick is that he's a roided up master criminal.

I know... he has to be within the world of reasonable criminals. I dig that, but I hope Nolan does him justice. I know he will... but this guy does NOT have the passion that Brokeback-Joker did. Tom Hardy needs to stop thinking of this as just another role. He needs to realize that he has the chance to pull off a once in a life time role here. This can either be a b-movie performance or something that will endure in comic book and fiction because of his personal take on Bane. Ledger redefined the Joker. Hardy seems content to just play a part. I don't like that.

I'm sure the movie will be good... I'd just like to have him interested in making it GREAT.

ckal

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I don't see this role as being anything more than a generic bad guy role. I think the character lacks the depth and complexity that the Joker has to bring it to a whole other level of greatness.

Not excited whatsoever about Catwoman being in the movie, either.

Hamm3rtym3

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so not only is Bane not going to be the towering monster, hispanic, or obove 6 feet tall, he's now not going to wear a mask, and be a 5 ft 8, barely 200 pound british guy? Seriously? Here's an Idea, let's not call him Bane either........

HawkManX

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@ Grigori

What makes u think u know exactly how he feels about the role from reading one brief interview? Do u know Tom Hardy personally? Have u even seen the movie Bronson?

Also, Tom Hardy is 5'9. He's gonna look pretty beastly at a muscular 200 lbs.

CrossTheGrigori

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HawkManX wrote:

@ Grigori

What makes u think u know exactly how he feels about the role from reading one brief interview? Do u know Tom Hardy personally? Have u even seen the movie Bronson?

Also, Tom Hardy is 5'9. He's gonna look pretty beastly at a muscular 200 lbs.

Thanks for assuming that this is the only thing I've read from Hardy, but yeah, it in and of itself doesn't fill me with hope. Tom Hardy is scrawny looking. Wiry, I guess would be a better word. He and Bane aren't very similar in appearance in any way. Bale is taller than Hardy... so that isn't the greatest thing either. Bale is thicker than Hardy too. I just don't see Bane in Hardy's physical make up. And Bane is NOT a filler villain. He's not what we saw in Batman and Robin. He's a criminal mastermind. I just dont feel like he's giving this as much thought as Ledger put into the Joker from the interviews I've read.

Plus, I have to ask this... do YOU know Tom Hardy personally? Do you need to stick up for him because some guy on the internet said he doubts Hardy will do a good job playing a comic book character? I expressed my opinion as I see fit. You're welcome to do the same. I just don't see him as a good choice. Hey, maybe I'm wrong. I hope I am.

Only time will tell "Osito."

HawkManX

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Really now. What else have u read from Tom Hardy concerning Bane and TDKR?

To say that he doesnt have passion and is uninterested in the role is a pretty bold statement. Especially considering you don't know the man, or any more about the movie than any other fan. Its not so much me defending tom hardy as it is me wondering; how do u know tom hardy's thoughts? Again i ask, have you seen Bronson?

They're obviously trying to do something different and realistic with the character. I suppose if Tom Hardy dies before the release of TDKR then you'll be able to call him a passionate actor eh? lol

tobulicious

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I don't know about anyone else, but I've seen Begins, and TDK and trust Nolan to bring it home. I doubt he'd disappoint us now. WB knows he's the man and they aren't going to mess with that like Sony did with Raimi and the whole Venom fiasco.

jebusgod_uk

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HawkManX wrote:

Really now. What else have u read from Tom Hardy concerning Bane and TDKR?

To say that he doesnt have passion and is uninterested in the role is a pretty bold statement. Especially considering you don't know the man, or any more about the movie than any other fan. Its not so much me defending tom hardy as it is me wondering; how do u know tom hardy's thoughts? Again i ask, have you seen Bronson?

They're obviously trying to do something different and realistic with the character. I suppose if Tom Hardy dies before the release of TDKR then you'll be able to call him a passionate actor eh? lol

I'm with you on this his performance in Bronson was great, he freaked me out at times he was that good, and you would never have guessed he was sub 6ft.

Also this is the first time i have heard him talk about the Batman film so i am also interested as to how he doesn't seem passionate.

@CrossTheGrigori

do you have anything thing else with regards to what he has said, would love to read it.

by the sounds of it you would prefer to see the big show or a roided up freak with no acting credentials play him rather than a highly rated actor. if they need to they can CG him to look bigger, look at the preveiw for the Cap film.

Also Liam Neesom treated begins as a job and still talks about it as a job but I think he did a great job.

As tobulicious has said people need to trust in Nolan he hasn't let us down yet and I highly doubt he will on this outing, i remeber people thinking Heath was going to do a bad job as the Joker when news broke of him joing TDK but look how that turned out.

CrossTheGrigori

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jebusgod_uk wrote:
HawkManX wrote:

Really now. What else have u read from Tom Hardy concerning Bane and TDKR?

To say that he doesnt have passion and is uninterested in the role is a pretty bold statement. Especially considering you don't know the man, or any more about the movie than any other fan. Its not so much me defending tom hardy as it is me wondering; how do u know tom hardy's thoughts? Again i ask, have you seen Bronson?

They're obviously trying to do something different and realistic with the character. I suppose if Tom Hardy dies before the release of TDKR then you'll be able to call him a passionate actor eh? lol

I'm with you on this his performance in Bronson was great, he freaked me out at times he was that good, and you would never have guessed he was sub 6ft.

Also this is the first time i have heard him talk about the Batman film so i am also interested as to how he doesn't seem passionate.

@CrossTheGrigori

do you have anything thing else with regards to what he has said, would love to read it.

by the sounds of it you would prefer to see the big show or a roided up freak with no acting credentials play him rather than a highly rated actor. if they need to they can CG him to look bigger, look at the preveiw for the Cap film.

Also Liam Neesom treated begins as a job and still talks about it as a job but I think he did a great job.

As tobulicious has said people need to trust in Nolan he hasn't let us down yet and I highly doubt he will on this outing, i remeber people thinking Heath was going to do a bad job as the Joker when news broke of him joing TDK but look how that turned out.

Obviously having an intelligent conversation here isn't a possibility. You aren't paying attention to what I'm writing and are quick to snap and me... yet you guys want to call me a fanboy? You are mindlessly defending Nolan and Hardy just because you have "faith" in him. That's fine. I'm sure Jesus respects that. I don't. I also don't have any Batman paraphernalia in my home. I just want a good movie and I have a serious and skeptical mind.

"Roided up freak?" Is that what a master criminal is to you? Didn't you even read my post? Don't you know anything about who Bane really is?

I've not seen Bronson, but the way Hardy looked in it doesn't make me think of Bane. It makes me think of a guy who has beer belly fat and is coming down off steroids, making his muscle flabby.

To be honest, I've read a a couple of statements he's made and they just didn't impress me. I don't need to know the man to judge his statements. That's what you're doing to me. Judging me. I DID, however, look up the video of the interview to judge him better and I think it is possible that he could just be avoiding ANY thought towards the role until he has planned it all out with Nolan. That could be why he's just not that into it. Maybe he's trying to keep all his expectations or preconcieved notions at minimum so that he can pour himself into what Nolan gives him, not what he thinks he should do. I wish I'd worked with actors that obediant.

"If Hardy dies before the film comes out?" Well, if he puts on a great performance, I will respect the man, but I'll start to think Nolan is a mental serial killer. You guys really do sound like fanboys. Can't you deal with a little criticism over your dear, beloved Nolan? I think Hardy would do better as Bane than Hugo Strange. I'll grant him that, but I just don't think he has what it takes to make Bane anything other than a "roided up freak," which is NOT what I want.

If the movie comes out and I'm wrong, I will smile and enjoy it. This is just my opinion. I don't know why that is Kryptonite to you. I'm sorry for offending you or making you angry. That wasn't my intent. I write very positive comments on things I feel good about and sometimes I write negative posts about things I feel bad about. It's kinda how I am. I'm honest and up front. I can also be wrong.

BTW... I really like Liam Neeson and I think he SUCKED very BADLY as one of my favorite Batman villains. He didn't seem to think very passionately about the role and I believe that was his undoing. Go ahead and tear that to pieces. I don't care. It's what I feel. Batman Begins was just an okay movie to me. The first time I watched it, I fell asleep. TDK was great and done very well by everyone involved. Inception was a really good movie, but it doesn't make me feel like Nolan is god of Hollywood.

jebusgod_uk

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I'm not trying to start a war of world but I thought a few things you said were not well informed or intelligent, as you seem to think about mine, but hey I'm just giving you my opinion and it seems like to me your judging the whole film before anything has even begun.

your comment on him looking like he had a beer belly flab coming down from roids in Bronson is quite strange - watch the film look, at pics, pretty sure he has a well pronounced 6 pack and well formed muscles in many other areas, fatter guys fight in the UFC..............

my comment about a roided up freak is just top put the point across that we had that in the JS film, which was a huge fail, we had it in the first x-men film with Sabertooth, another fail. To put it simply employ a good actor to do an actors job, also I didn't say that was what made a master criminal, i simply put it to you that using someone with that physique would not make Bane better, something which your earlier statement about his build seemed to suggest.

I'm confused about paraphernalia too, are comics and video games not paraphernalia, I would think they are, and you must have comics of Batman to be aware of Bane's history with Batman as you so quite rightly pointed out that he is a criminal mastermind, the man who broke the BAT.

I for one am not a Fan boy of anything and I am the first to offer criticism on things once I have seen them, but from what Nolan has offered us in his previous 2 Bat outing would suggest that he knows what he is doing, not only this but if you look at all of his work he is a great film maker and in my opinion deserves the benefit of the doubt.

Please can you direct me to other statements that Tom Hardy has made about playing Bane, i really want to read them.

fanboiii

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Nolan's interpretation of Batman's world isn't a direct comic book adaptation. All the characters have been tweaked but they still retain the essence of what they're about.

@CrossTheGrigori There's a difference between faith versus religious faith. Just like scientific theory isn't the same as a theory in general. Also, cynicism is often mistaken for skepticism which seems to be the case here. There isn't enough to infer how Bane will be or how Tom Hardy will act in the movie. Nolan has shown himself to be an ambitious story-teller who knows how to use action, characters, and interesting scenarios to drive a movie. Bane will probably be different from the comics just like Harvey Dent, but we don't know the movie's context to judge how well he'll be used. Also, an actor's interview is a poor indicator of their performance. People can change dramatically as soon as they get to work, and I don't mean that in an acting sense.

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

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CrossTheGrigori wrote:

Obviously having an intelligent conversation here isn't a possibility.

Hey pal, stop fanning the flames of your own misfortune. You're the one that seems to start the arguments and name calling, so don't get defensive and become a "poor misunderstood" martyr when you get called out your own BS.

CrossTheGrigori

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I'll just keep my opinions to myself then. Whatever.

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

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CrossTheGrigori wrote:

I'll just keep my opinions to myself then. Whatever.

See, again with the martyrdom. There's a difference between stating your opinion and simply calling other people names for not agreeing with you. You're prone to the later. Take some of your own advise and read other people's comments to you; maybe you'll notice they aren't being anywhere near as rude as you are.

jebusgod_uk

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Pietro Filipponi wrote:
CrossTheGrigori wrote:

I'll just keep my opinions to myself then. Whatever.

See, again with the martyrdom. There's a difference between stating your opinion and simply calling other people names for not agreeing with you. You're prone to the later. Take some of your own advise and read other people's comments to you; maybe you'll notice they aren't being anywhere near as rude as you are.

I new here so gave him the benefit of the doubt and still will but he does seem to want to bash then not defend his opinion.

BTW Cross do you have them other Tom Hardy quotes about Bane yet?

mingus_fingers

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There's also something to be said about the British acting school of thought. I remember seeing an interview with Anthony Hopkins where he was discussing his role of Hannibal Lecter but he viewed it simply as another job. That's just the way they think about their roles, it's just another gig to pay the bills no matter how awesome they pull it off. So I would say don't write off Hardy yet because you think he seems disinterested, he is a professional and knows how to the job done.

Interesting John  |  Web Developer

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I'll give Hardy this much, he dropped Batman and Robin, so he clearly understands how it shouldn't be done Tongue Tom's a great actor and really beefy lately, I have no doubt he can pull off the character, no matter where Nolan takes it. Because really, if the character is messed up, it's Nolan's fault, not Hardy's, how many people blame the big dude in B&R for messing up bane? They don't, they blame Schumacher (as well they should Tongue).

Boy October

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He doesn't say "no" to the mask. I bet he'll wear a sort of luchadore mask that he makes in prison.

Hamm3rtym3

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why would he make a mask in prison? Pretty sure everybody in there knows who he is.....

Boy October

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Hamm3rtym3 wrote:

why would he make a mask in prison? Pretty sure everybody in there knows who he is.....

Meh. I was just grasping at straws.