Tom Hardy Talks About Playing Bane In ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

When it was announced that Tom Hardy was going to be in The Dark Knight Rises, I was fucking pumped. Dude has crazy acting chops, and he’s studly like woah. When it was announced that he was playing Bane, I was like, okay cool. There’s no consternation emanating from me regarding any choice that Nolan has for his final Batman. No sir. He’s earned the pass. Others wondered how he’d incorporate a muscle-bound 1990’s reject character into his mythos. They worried. They fretted.

I didn’t, I knew it would be his own unique spin on it. Tom Hardy confirmed such a sentiment today during an interview.

After Hardy and the host Alan Carr talked about the abortion that was Batman and Robin, Carr asks Hardy if he’ll have to don the “gimp mask” that Bane is famous for. Hardy responded:

Well, only if I feel like it. 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.

There you go! No shit. Anyone still worried? Get out. Take the door at the back of the hall into the pit of razors. Interested in a video of the interview? Here you go.