Tom Hardy Briefly Discusses His Dark Knight Rises Role
02.22.11 by Ryan
Since being cast as the villain Bane in director Christopher Nolan's upcoming sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception actor Tom Hardy has remained relatively quiet about the situation, until he appeared on British talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man (via Batman-News). Hardy won't be the first actor to portray the character of Bane in a Batman movie, a fact that Hardy himself mentioned.
"Have you seen Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin?" asked Hardy, after which a photo of the character (played by the late Jeep Swenson) next to fellow villain Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman). "Doesn't look very menacing does he?"
Hardy maintains that his Bane will be very different from the 1997 version. "Christopher Nolan will revisit that territory entirely, so I wouldn't go by that at all."
One consistency will remain, however, and that, according to Hardy, will be size.
Plus, that's a lot of weight to put on and I've got to start shooting in May. So get up to that size again, I've got to go up to about 13 or 14 stone. I'm 12 and a bit now, so I've got under three months to do that.
For those curious, a "stone" is equal to about 14 pounds, so now you can complete the math problem. When asked how Hardy planned to accomplish his weight-gaining task, the actor replied, "A lot of fat. And trickery."
The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20, 2012. Sir Michael Caine, Christian Bale, and Gary Oldman will return alongside newcomers Hardy and Anne Hathaway.