English actor Tom Hardy is to play muscle-man villain, Bane, in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises and heat loves this because he is absolutely gorgeous AND he comes from right here in the UK!
The Inception star and The Dark Knight Rises director, Christopher Nolan speak to Empire magazine about his role.
Hardy, who was Nolan’s first choice to play Bane, said of the villain: “He’s brutal, brutal. He’s expedient delivery of brutality. And you know, he’s a big dude. He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and orientated fighting style. The result is clear.”
“It’s not about fighting. It’s just about carnage with Bane. He’s a smashing machine. He’s a wrecking ball. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. It’s anything he can get away with.”
Ouch! So we feel a little scared now… maybe that’s why the film has been given a 12a-certificate. However, the British heart-throb is not likely to tone down his performance.
He told Empire: “I’m not approaching it with a 12-certificate attitude. If we’re going to shoot somebody, shoot the pregnant woman or the old lady first. Make sure everybody stands up. And listens. He is a terrorist in his mentality as well as brutal action. So he’s horrible. A really horrible piece of work.”
We can’t imagine Hardy being this nasty!
He tells Empire how he deals with his fight scenes: ““It’s very overwhelming. When you’re training in a rehearsal room you go, ‘Okay, I have a contact with seven people. This guy I chin, this one I slip and I punch, this one I pick up and suplex, this guy I kick in the face, and this one, he stops a hammer with his head. And then I meet Batman.’ That’s all alright in a rehearsal room, but then you add 1,000 people that are all dressed the same as the seven you’re supposed to hit — ’cause they’re all police officers — and I don’t know where my police officers are. But the stunt master’s like, ‘Don’t worry. They will find you.’”
Right, so Bane sounds like a pretty tough bloke. As a child he was raised in a harsh (fictional) Caribbean prison, where he builds himself up and is given the drug ‘Venom’ which makes him the indestructible villain he is today. But is he enough to challenge Batman?
Director Christopher Nolan tells Empire: “With Bane, we are looking to give Batman a physical challenge that he hasn’t had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally. Also, in terms of finishing our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft an epic, so the physicality of the film became very important.”
“Bane’s a very different kind of villain than Batman has faced before in our films. He’s a great sort of movie monster, but with an incredible brain, and that was a side of him that hadn’t been tapped before. What Bane represents in the comics is the ultimate physical villain.”
Our lovely Hardy is clearly in the right shape for this role. But what made Nolan really want him?
He said: “He has this incredible disjunct between the expressiveness of the voice and the stillness of the movement of his body. He’s found a way to play a character who is enormous and powerful with a sort of calm to it, but also is able to be incredibly fast at times. Unpredictable. He just has a raw threat to him that’s extraordinary. It’s a very powerful thing when you see it come together, beyond what I had ever imagined. That’s what you get from working with great actors.”
Good work Tom! Sounds as if he’s slipped into his role perfectly, but is muscle-man Hardy scared of Batman(Christian Bale)?
He tells Empire: “He looks really intimidating! There’s a three-year-old in me that’s going, ‘Oh my God that’s Batman! That’s Batman and he’s going to hit me! But I love Batman!’ Then I look in the mirror. And I hit him back. Twice as hard.”
We know we’re always supposed to back Batman, but throwing Hardy into the mix is going to make this tricky…
Hardy stars alongside Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises which is due to hit our screens in July 2012.