We recently sat down for a chat with the rising star (as certified by BAFTA), and couldn’t resist asking him about his role in the epic Bat-threequel.
He told us that Nolan called him up while he was shooting “This Means War,” to ask if he’d be happy playing the muscle-bound, mask-wearing villain in “The Dark Knight Rises”:
”Hang on a minute. You’re asking me to come round the world with you in a Batman movie, playing a villain, and the only downside to it is I have to wear a mask? Hmmm, let me think. I’ll get back to you… No, I’m f—ing there, man! Anything you need.”
While Nolan’s take on Bane is likely to be worlds away from any earlier screen incarnations of the character (a necessity to ensure he fits in with the ‘reality-based’ Gotham), he’s still best known as ‘The Man Who Broke The Bat’; so will Bats suffer any spinal injuries here?
Hardy responded coyly: “Mmmmm… Good lead-in, but all I can say is that Chris has a plan up his sleeve that’s not at all disappointing. And that is a definite choice that’s watertight in every respect.
“I think Bane’s f—ing cool so I’m really excited to play him. It’s not the guy in Joel Schumacher’s film, but it shouldn’t disappoint fanboys…”
So, does he feel any pressure living up to Heath Ledger’s portrayal as one Batman’s arch-nemeses? “No, none at all,” he insisted. “Brilliant actor, brilliant work – that’s it. I’ve got a job to do.
“It’s the same with Mad Max and Mel Gibson. I’m not here to engage in a competition with their talent. It’s to play the character that I’ve been given.”
And he’s not bothered about wearing a mask either: “Any time you put something over your face, you’re going to adopt a personality and a physicality that has nothing to do with acting. It allows a performance to be free.”
Fans have made Hardy aware of the shoes he needs to fill for his Bane character. They have complained that he is too short in stature poised against the Batman. Also, some people have said that Hardy’s back is pockmarked with acne scars and it resembles the Constellation of Orion. Some of these concerns can be handled with simple movie magic. Camera angles and point-of-view directing can take care of other problems that the human eye sees in a different light. No doubt Christopher Nolan has all his bases covered.
Currently shooting in Pittsburgh, “The Dark Knight Rises” will be released on July 20th, 2012. The film will star Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Josh Stewart, Nestor Carbonell, Alon Abutbul, Liam Neeson, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Christopher and Jonathan Nolan wrote the screenplay, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Christopher Nolan directs.