TDKR: Tom Hardy On The Differences Between BANE And THE JOKER; Anne Hathaway Thought She Was Up For HARLEY QUINN!
In more from Entertainment Weekly's Summer Preview issue, we hear from both of Batman's foes in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Tom Hardy talks about Bane's mysterious motivations, and while he doesn't reveal exactly why the masked wrecking ball has targeted Gotham and Batman, he does compare and contract the character to the villain of the last movie, The Joker. He also offers his thoughts on TDKR's place in the saga as a whole..
Hardy speaks about what motivates Bane and how he differs from Batman's most infamous villain, and Hathaway reveals that she was certain she was auditioning for another very specific female villain..
"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. There's a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition."
Rises was conceived and written to bring a sense of unity-and finality-to the whole franchise. "It stands alone, yet completes a cyclical work," says Hardy. "Think triplets instead of one child after another - the Dark Knight triplets."
In this excerpt we learn that Anne Hathaway wasn't certain which character she was trying out for initially, and actually auditioned as The Joker's crazy female side-kick, Harley Quinn..
"She convinced herself that Nolan wasn't interested in reinterpreting a character who had already been done well enough (Hathaway loves Pfiefer's Catwoman) and was instead casting a lesser-known villainess from Batman's rogue's gallery named Harley Quinn. Nope. "About an hour into our meeting he said, 'It's Catwoman and I went 'Oh no, I played this wrong' says Hathaway. "I didn't think they would revisit that character because Michelle's performance is so iconic. But Chris just does his own thing"
That's an audition tape I would like to see. Many thanks to the lads from the TDKR fan community FB page for posting the excerpts.
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