Tom Hardy on Getting Into Character to Play 'Bane' in The Dark Knight Rises and Loosening Up to Star in This Means War
02.02.12 by BJSprecher
Actors who choose to take on the roles of larger-than-life fictional supervillains face many challenges, from the ceaseless scrutiny of the fans who have preconceived notions about how the character is supposed to look, talk, and behave, to the mental exercises required to get into the mindset to play a megalomaniacal killer. In a recent interview with the U.K. Press Association, Tom Hardy revealed that the most difficult part of bringing Batman's (Christian Bale) nemesis, Bane, to life in The Dark Knight Rises had to do more with the costume that he had to wear than the need to go to a "dark place" to play the "brutal" villain.
Bane's mask is tight, actually. I got used to it, but you get used to anything really, in time.
Unlike late actor Heath Ledger, who struggled with nightmares during and after the filming of The Dark Knight because of the mindset he put himself into to play the Joker, Hardy said that it was easy to separate himself from the "brutal" and "heavy-handed" Bane after director Christopher Nolan yelled, "Cut!"
I didn't get into a dark place at all. A lot of dark characters are easy to have distance from, it's something I feel comfortable with, I suppose.
Hardy, who will next be appearing on screen alongside Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon in McG's This Means War on Valentine's Day, added that starring in a romantic comedy (with action) was a "nice" change of pace for him.
It was nice to do something fun as I always take myself so seriously.