Tom Hardy Discusses Gaining Muscle To Play Bane And How He Nearly Missed Out On TDKR!

Tom Hardy Discusses Gaining Muscle To Play Bane And How He Nearly Missed Out On <i>TDKR</i>!

In a revealing interview, the actor reflects on his past addictions ("I can’t have beer, but I can have a fight with Batman.") as well as talking in detail about how he just managed to nab the role and being heavier than ever...

While doing the press rounds for Warrior, talk has once again inevitably turned to his role as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. The actor revealed that while he put on over 18 kg for Bronson back in 2009, he's shot right up to 87 kg for this latest role - the most he's ever weighed! "I feel heavy. This size is not real. I only feel strong in short stints of times. If I needed to get across the room and throw someone through a door, I could do that, soon as I’m done shooting, I’m dropping the weight."

Hardy then went on to elaborate on how exactly he landed the role. Filming rom-com, This Means War, he was just about to head on over to Australia to film new Mad Max movie, Fury Road, only for the torrential floods down under to cause the cancellation of the shoot. It was then that he received a call from the man he worked with on Inception, Christopher Nolan. "Chris rings and says, 'I’m not sure if it’s your sort of thing because it would mean wearing a mask. How do you feel about wearing a mask as an actor?' How do I feel about wearing a mask? I’d wear a plastic bag over my head for Chris! I’ll do anything for him. I did not see that coming. I never, ever thought I’d be in Batman."

And in a surprising turn of events, the British actor then confessed to his trouble past, and how strange it is to look back on that time of his life now that his Hollywood career is taking off to such an extent. "I’m 10 years into being aware of my addictions and in those 10 years, my life has gotten fortuitously better and better. I can’t use, I can’t drink. So that means I can’t go out and dance and be comfortable doing it because I feel stupid and embarrassed. And I’m embarrassed doing karaoke because I haven’t had a beer. You win a few, you lose a few. I can’t have beer, but I can have a fight with Batman. At the end of the day, who’s complaining?"


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 Tom 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" 9/9/2011 Source: The Daily Star
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AiyalKilU - 9/9/2011, 4:26 PM
does he discuss his back-ne?

87kg in 4 months with roids or the natural way Tom?
CaptainBritain - 9/9/2011, 4:31 PM
lol AiyalkilU have you seen him in warrior he looks so unatural. i still dont think he is that big. i dont think he has matched bronson yet
nuck82 - 9/9/2011, 4:32 PM
he injects steriods right in the back-ne, he doesnt leave trails and gives mor eback-ne to shoot up, its a circle of live
MovieMann - 9/9/2011, 4:35 PM
Great Actor!
hehemata - 9/9/2011, 4:36 PM
87kg isn't that huge

it's pretty achievable with a good hollywood-sponsored diet, seeing he's white

he's not that huge though

he's at 87kg but his bf is at least 15%

he should get larger than that
WorldsGreatestdetective - 9/9/2011, 4:36 PM
Haha and fan boys said he was bigger in bronson. He will look bigger on film I'm sure and he is such a bad ass actor
NOLANITE - 9/9/2011, 4:36 PM
He had fleas so he shaved his head and before he shaved it they bit his back like crazy! Haha don't hate on him!
SageMode - 9/9/2011, 4:40 PM
Ok, im lost. How much is 18kg and 87kg in pounds?
adanthebeast - 9/9/2011, 4:41 PM
S.h.i.t i think Batman weights more than Bane!
patriautism - 9/9/2011, 4:47 PM
Hardy used to be a crackhead for reals. So it is good that he is sober. As for the Backne, most people who use this site probably have Backne?! I know I got a little going on haha..
StarkRaving - 9/9/2011, 4:52 PM

18 kg = 39.6 lb
87 kg = 191.4 lb
DioFoRio - 9/9/2011, 4:53 PM
@mrecko you better be grunting through your teeth mister or I will boycott your ass
DioFoRio - 9/9/2011, 4:54 PM
are those tattoos real or for the movie?
marvel72 - 9/9/2011, 5:09 PM
@ 0SageMode0

i'm bigger than hardy,i'm 6ft 3inchs & weigh 235ILBS
DioFoRio - 9/9/2011, 5:11 PM
@marvel...but are you jacked?
marvel72 - 9/9/2011, 5:17 PM
@ Dionysios

yeah lift weights,i ain't got no back acne though.

if his on roids he'll nuts about the size of peas.
DioFoRio - 9/9/2011, 5:21 PM
@marvel72 and what are you wearing....right now? ; )
dude I'm just starting to work out again I let myself go in stupendous fashion last year. went from 165 to round 210.
Irons - 9/9/2011, 5:21 PM

Well Hemsworth is 6'3'' and weighed about 210 to 220 for Thor and extremely low body fat, so you can tell for yourself if that kid is mostly fat or muscle.
DioFoRio - 9/9/2011, 5:22 PM
lol he'll have peanuts!!
DioFoRio - 9/9/2011, 5:23 PM
dude @Irons...that scene where hemsworth is trying to pick up the hammer and the camera pans overhead...HE"S A [frick]ING MONSTER!! It looks like a panel from a comic book.
AsianVersionOfET - 9/9/2011, 5:25 PM
He's tight
Irons - 9/9/2011, 5:27 PM
Exactly. Probably less than 5% body fat and pure muscle. That's 6'3'', 220 ish pounds of high maintenance workout and diet. So 6'3'', 235 pounds and most of the day spent on this website is less likely Thor and more likely Jabba, wouldn't you say?
marvel72 - 9/9/2011, 5:28 PM
@ Dionysios

i just normally wear t-shirt & jeans,why? just chillin with a stella,its 1.30 am here in the uk.
valeriesghost - 9/9/2011, 5:37 PM
@marvel72, damn, you're a big [frick]er
DioFoRio - 9/9/2011, 5:37 PM
@marvel...I was just being creepy(trying to be funny). Hell yeah brotha love me some stells
marvel72 - 9/9/2011, 5:43 PM
@ irons

i workout 3 times a week an hour each time,eat lots of chicken,brown rice,veg,i have alot of low fat alternatives as meals because gets a bit boring having chicken every day & expensive.

i have/take a creatine powder drink & creatine plus capsules.

unlike mr.hemsworth who had a personal trainer ate six chicken breats,broc & brown rice plus fitness shakes a day,i think i'm doing alright.
Mugwamp - 9/9/2011, 6:06 PM
All, keep in mind that these actors don't have a year or more to slowly bulk up like most people with a fitness/weight training lifestyle. They usually have a few months at best so they do some crazy diet/bulk up routine not meant to be sustained for long periods of time.
LP4 - 9/9/2011, 6:41 PM
The guy is real classy. I like his admiration for Nolan. It shows Hardy is a down-to-earth type of person.
Shunt - 9/9/2011, 6:41 PM
I just hope he looks bigger on film... he looks like sh*t to me... honestly.. I dont like the outfit, he looks short and hes not really that stocky in these leak photos.. Im like 90% sure Nolan will prove me wrong once I see this film, but regardless I seriously thing he screwed up the looks of Bane & Catwoman without a cowl...
marvel72 - 9/9/2011, 6:47 PM
@ N8Dizzle

i think the other nolan batmans are good films,but this one i don't like the look of bane or catwoman & i really haven't seen anything that makes me excited,maybe it'll change when i see the trailer.

this is the 7th batman film i can't really get excited for a character that i've seen so many times before,unlike the avengers & a new take on spider-man which both have got me pumped.

@ intruder

XD hahahahahahaha yeah i'm a big boy now,getting on abit but still bigger than hardy.
squirt - 9/9/2011, 6:56 PM
you tsll guuys are always braggin. blah, blah, blah. im vertically challenged and proud of it. lol
squirt - 9/9/2011, 6:57 PM
*tall guys - no friggin edit button
Frankie312 - 9/9/2011, 7:42 PM
did you see his back lol thats roids forsure
WingPow - 9/9/2011, 7:46 PM
@ Marvel 72

6'3" 235 at what body fat? That matters a lot.

Steven Jackson of St. Louis Rams is about that height and weight. He's also 4% body fat. Even if you are only 8%, that makes a huge difference.

I'd say Hardy is somewhere around 10. That's still pretty low. Low enough to "look" big at least.

Marvel 72, assuming you don't have a freakishly low body fat, at 6'3" 235, your muscle mass to body size/density is proportionately similar to Hardy at 5'10-5'11". If he were your height, he'd be similar to your weight.
comsicspiderkicks23 - 9/9/2011, 7:49 PM
he looks to be in good shape and in warrior he was in good shape as well
im not a gym rat but im hyperactive due to basketball for school being that im 6'4 270lbs im like mini lebron plus the beard frm what the ppl in my building say
WingPow - 9/9/2011, 7:51 PM
just because he has zits on his back doesn't mean it's from roids. It MIGHT be from roids, but it could just be bad genes. It does happen.
Lert - 9/9/2011, 7:51 PM
come on you dic(tations).. This will work ... You worry about the avengers and Caps Prancy LITTLE OUTFIT!
superpooper - 9/9/2011, 7:56 PM
Props on the sobriety. Should'a passed on this role though. Shame, because he really is a cool actor.
Lert - 9/9/2011, 7:57 PM
Lert - 9/9/2011, 8:01 PM
i come in here barely in a while and i see the the same pissers pissing the same piss.
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