TDKR: Tom Hardy Reveals That Bane's Accent Is Based On "The King of the Gypsies"

TDKR: Tom Hardy Reveals That Bane's Accent Is Based On "The King of the Gypsies"

Have you been wondering exactly what is going on with Tom Hardy's accent in The Dark Knight Rises? Well, the actor reveals that it's based on Romani gypsy, Bartley Gorman; a bare knuckle fighter who was known as "King of the Gypsies".

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Hardy has finally revealed where his inspiration for Bane's accent in The Dark Knight Rises came from. For those of you who may not know, Bartley Gorman (1944 - 2002) was an Irish Traveller who was the undefeated Bare-knuckle boxing champion of the United Kingdom and Ireland, often referred to as the, "King of the Gypsies". He tells the site, "The choice of the accent is actually a man called Bartley Gorman, who was a bare knuckle fighter. A Romani gypsy. Which I wanted to underpin the Latin, but a Romani Latin opposed to Latino. His particular accent is very specific, which was a gypsy accent. So that's why it was difficult to understand. But once you tune into it, you get it. I hope." Make sure to watch the interview for more of Hardy's thoughts on his role in Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated finale to his Batman franchise.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ "The Dark Knight Rises" is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster "The Dark Knight." The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.


Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine as Alfred
Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox
Tom Hardy as Bane
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake
Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate
Josh Pence as Ra's Al Ghul

RELEASE DATE: July 20th, 2012

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Filed Under "Batman" 7/17/2012 Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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Luminescent - 7/17/2012, 6:34 AM
I really don't see how people can not understand it. I had no trouble understanding what he said in the prologue. It just seems to be few who can not understand a word.
RorMachine - 7/17/2012, 6:35 AM
So..basically He's saying he based the accent on a Pikey? lmao, I can't wait to tell my mate Biddy O'Reilly
cheesman92 - 7/17/2012, 6:37 AM
@Luminescent I agree with you, I've had no trouble so far, and so what if I have to strain a little bit to catch a couple of words throughout the film? There are plenty of films with people talking normally and I might miss a word or two? I think what Tom Hardy's doing with the character is phenomenal and I can't wait to see it in it's entirety! :)
2ndSun47 - 7/17/2012, 6:40 AM
I actually thought that he was using Henry Kissinger as his main influence when I first heard Bane...
OhGawDuhhh - 7/17/2012, 6:42 AM
That's a really great choice. I like that.

He's a supremely talented actor. I wouldn't mind seeing him as James Bond.

I think he could balance the gritty violence and the humor so he'd be a stepping stone, Bond wise, fitting in between Daniel Craig's roughness and Pierce Brosnan's suaveness, yanno?
AlSimmons - 7/17/2012, 6:42 AM
@blackandyellow what sort of spy would she be if people could discern what country she was from so easily?
silverdog - 7/17/2012, 6:42 AM
meh.. still not crazy about white washed bane-in-name-only.
AmazingFantasy - 7/17/2012, 6:43 AM
That's very... odd.
OhGawDuhhh - 7/17/2012, 6:44 AM
BINO? There's WW2 Red Skull and then there's Ultimate Red Skull who is Captain America's son.

Now, we have Latino Bane and we have Latin Gypsy Bane. Nice to have choice.
AlSimmons - 7/17/2012, 6:44 AM
The ideal bane should look like the one in Batman and Robin, have a plan like the one in Rises, and talk like Zoro.
Dynamo - 7/17/2012, 6:44 AM
How does anyone know what a character in the comics sounds like?
Darth258 - 7/17/2012, 6:48 AM
So he'll mumble with an accent.. cool
Dynamo - 7/17/2012, 6:50 AM
That's just one person's interpretation. No different than a film.
HavocPrime - 7/17/2012, 6:52 AM
Nomis wins lmao

PaulRom - 7/17/2012, 6:53 AM
People who have trouble understanding Bane most likely have a medical condition.
Mego - 7/17/2012, 6:53 AM
When I see Bales interview @ 2:02 Im starting to want to smash the face of a certain NON COMEDIC, talk show host who really shouldve retired 20 years ago.
Dynamo - 7/17/2012, 6:57 AM
I'm talking about the voice in the cartoons. I don't care about rotten tomatoes, especially before all of the reviews have come out.
bathead - 7/17/2012, 6:58 AM
Hardy's Bane is no more a stretch from the source material than Ledger's Joker and look how that turned out. I remember everyone freaking out that the Joker was gonna wear make up.

Bane looks and sounds great. I've been reading Batman since I can remember and I clearly see Bane in this movie.
Luminescent - 7/17/2012, 7:01 AM
@cheesman92 I agree. Sometimes i miss a word or two of what an actor or actress is saying. Whether they're putting an accent on or not. Tom Hardy is a brilliant actor. He is a perfect choice and I'm very excited to see what he does with the character throughout the movie.
R888 - 7/17/2012, 7:01 AM
Can't wait for tomorrow night
TonyChu - 7/17/2012, 7:02 AM
It's only 6 bad reviews out of like 32-35, its not like its a bad movie. Not to mention there are a lot more reviews that have not been posted.
Buddha29 - 7/17/2012, 7:05 AM
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 7/17/2012, 7:05 AM
Six bad reviews, two from the same site. However again if you look closely, every bad reviewer of this film gave the Dark Knight a bad review lol. Still the haters have to have something to cling on to, right?
GoILL - 7/17/2012, 7:07 AM
@DoubleD damn dude did Chris Nolan do something to you personally? I ask this because you seem to only point out any review that is negative even going as far as posting parts of the same review twice and trying to pass it off as two different reviews which was kinda pathetic if you ask me.
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 7/17/2012, 7:10 AM
Yeah Nomis, I was incredibly lucky. The story was much better than TDK in my opinion. I'm not worried about the RT score, top critics love it. It seems like all the haters of this franchise wanted to get their review out first. The score will go up. When it is all said and done it will be around 89-90%. I mean nobody else finds it strange that one site has two negative reviews, and the rest of the people that gave it negative scores gave TDK negative scores lol. Plus I remember the Dark Knight being at 74% for a little bit before the reviews started pouring out. It will be fine.
Fogs - 7/17/2012, 7:26 AM
Well it's nice he admits where it came from.

RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 7/17/2012, 7:35 AM
I appreciate it man. Whenever I can update my article in the review section I will add my review to it. No sense posting two articles. As for this film, the story I guess could be considered polarizing, but it seems like the critics really like it. The only major complaint is the length. After seeing it myself the Rotten Tomato score means little to me, and for right now it just seems the negative critics (again two from the same site), are from people who didn't like TDK so I wouldn't expect them to like this one. On reviewer has given a negative review to all these Batman movies. Also DoubleD, where were you when the Avengers was at 81% based off early reviews?
kingshnake - 7/17/2012, 7:43 AM
Thhe reason Brits have bad teeth is because Yanks get dental plan with a lot of jobs. I didn't go to a dentist until I was like 13! :p
AsianVersionOfET - 7/17/2012, 7:46 AM
Friggin' cool! 2 days!
kingshnake - 7/17/2012, 7:54 AM
@monkey its true though there's a lack of proper dental care in britain ;b
PINO - 7/17/2012, 8:01 AM
Really? I thought the inspiration for the voice was an old, dying British man.
jimoakley666 - 7/17/2012, 8:03 AM
@monkeyballs3 - And while you're slagging off the British gob, why don't you whack up some pictures of Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Madonna, Tim Blake Nelson, Mike Tyson, Kirsten Dunst, Gary Busey, Woodey Harrelson, John Heder, Hilary Swank, Steve Tyler etc etc etc...
PapaEmeritus - 7/17/2012, 8:16 AM
@NinjaJesus, what the [frick] you're talking about, son? Your battle is lost already... blah blah blah blah BLAH... get a new life.
jimoakley666 - 7/17/2012, 8:18 AM
@monkeyballs3 - Smiling like a mad man. With perfectly pearly gnashers fit for a silver screen. I don't actually know many people with terrible teeth and I live in a small Welsh village. The old pub landlord had a gob of rotten nubs, but he smoked 80 a day, drank Jim Beam like it was tap water and is from Connecticut. I think that's where he said, anyway.
Caveboy0 - 7/17/2012, 8:28 AM
SetGecko why are you on the site called comic book movies? pretty dumb to generalize you'd think a smart person like yourself would avoid such a stupid mistake.
PenditaMarah - 7/17/2012, 8:38 AM
I just didn't know that british people got bad teeth..hahahahaha...

Anyway,to doubleD,just enjoy the's batman,dude.why should troll this beautiful epic conclusion?don't be a retard.
MisterBabadook - 7/17/2012, 8:41 AM
I can KIND OF hear it. If he were behind a mask. So far though, it sounds like he slowed down his speech, compared to Gorman's, so that YOU could understand him.
MarkV - 7/17/2012, 8:50 AM
Love the Bane voice.
Vafrous - 7/17/2012, 9:11 AM
If you can't hear what Bane is saying, you've either got shit clogging your ears, or you're in denial.

I'm honestly glad that Nolan changed Banes look. How long do you think he'd last in a fight if he was dressed in a black vest and pants, with bunch of tubes (which are his only weakness) hanging out of him...
ronnie42 - 7/17/2012, 9:20 AM
So there partly to blame for the terrible new version of Bane.........
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