Tom Hardy Talks About Bane And The Risk That He Took



Tom Hardy is probably a safe choice to play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the final part of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy but that won't stop Hardy from making controversial and risky decisions for the movie.  Hardy isn't necessarily a house hold name but I believe that's a good thing.  I'm sure people recognize him but not in the way where you go, " Yeah, he's the guy from..." 

Tom Hardy is required to wear a mask on his face that's sort of like a steampunk respirator which was made by Francis Bacon and virtually looks unrecognizable.


“I think he worried it would be something I might not consider because wearing a mask might damage my career or something. He thought I’d be worried that the audience couldn’t see my beautiful face,” says Hardy, who also worked for Nolan in the filmmaker’s 2010 Oscar-nominated smash Inception. “Like I care. It’s Chris Nolan! I would wear a paper bag over my head for that man.”
 To play Bane, who is more of a physical threat, Hardy wanted to make a distinct voice to make him stand out in the film, to make you remember the character long after the film was finished.



“There were two doors we could walk through,” says Hardy. “We could play a very straightforward villain or we could go through this very quirky door, which is totally justified by the text but may seem very, very stupid.” Not surprisingly, Hardy decided to go for the second option. “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at—or it could be very fresh and exciting,” he says. While some found his dialogue incomprehensible in the IMAX-exclusive sneak peek attached to Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol last December, the actor asks for patience. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”

Bane's motivation and reason for all his evil doing is still a mystery and probably won't be known until the film is released in theatres July 20th.  Hardy compared his Bane to a certain scarred and lunatic clown-face by saying:
“The Joker didn’t care—he just wanted to see the world burn, and he was a master of chaos and destruction, unscrupulous and crazy. Bane is not that guy,” says Hardy. “There is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition. He is also a physical threat to Batman. There is nothing vague about Bane. No jokes. He’s a very clean, clear villain.”
 Whether or not all this "risk" will pay off is something to be seen.  But it's cool to see Hardy taking those certain risks.  I'm sure the film will be a huge success in following The Dark Knight.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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