Tom Hardy speaks on playing Bane

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I am just excited as the next Bat-fan for next year’s sure to be epic finale but I will admit this; I am not that fond of not only the media but every person with a camera phone (which includes toddlers nowadays) taking pics of everything except Nolan’s nose hairs. I did post leaked pictures of Nolan’s version of Bane but at the rate that everyone is going, we will have pretty much seen the entire film before Christmas arrives. Yes, it will still be epic and it will still be legendary (no pun intended) but some things are better left to surprise you. As movie people, we all dance on the line between sharing the story/plotline of a film with the world and giving it all away, especially when we write reviews. Some aspects of certain film, like this one, I think only get better with the anticipation of the unknown. Having said all of that, we have a spoiler free interview that Bane (aka Tom Hardy) recently shared with Total Film. He speaks about he came about taking the part to play “The Man that broke the Bat”, his costume and avoiding any hints at the story line. Check it out below:

Hardy recalls his conversation with Christopher Nolan about playing Bane…

“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 fucking there, man! Anything you need.”

When asked if Batman will suffer any spinal injuries…

“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 fucking 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…”

On whether he feels any pressure to live up to Heath Ledger’s Joker…

“No, none at all. Brilliant actor, brilliant work – that’s it. I’ve got a job to do. It’s the same with Mad Max & Mel Gibson. I’m not here to engage in a competition with their talent. It’s to play the character that I’m given.”

Hardy on the Bane mask…

“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.”

For the full article, click over Total Film.

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In high school, Sean wanted to punch the subject of English right in its face. By far his best class, he hated doing research and writing papers. Ten + years later, he is an aspiring writer. It would seem that career goal of leading the New York Knicks to an NBA championship didn’t quite pan out. He started writing film reviews just over a year ago and became a movie buff even further back than that. He’s dabbled in fiction, poetry and random articles filled with nothingness on his way to hopefully one day becoming a published author. Hopes high, right now he’s over there sitting in the corner with his fingers crossed. Visit his blog -