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Hardy Talks Bane

The voice

By Robert T. Trate     April 16, 2012
Source: Entertainment Weekly

First look of Tom Hardy as Bane in Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES(2012).
© Warner Bros. Pictures


Entertainment Weekly had a chat with Tom Hardy on his Bane role and more importantly, the reason for the voice. Check it out here and the link above:

When Christopher Nolan asked Tom Hardy to play the villain in his third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, due July 20, the director doted on one job requirement in particular: the budding star would have to wear a mask that looked like a leathery baboon mouth with metal casings for fangs – a sort of steampunk respirator as fashioned by Francis Bacon. “I think he worried it would be something I might not consider because wearing a mask might damage my career or something. He thought I’d be worried that the audience couldn’t see my beautiful face,” says Hardy, who also worked for Nolan in the filmmaker’s 2010 Oscar-nominated smash Inception. “Like I care. It’s Chris Nolan! I would wear a paper bag over my head for that man.”

To play Bane, a willfully evil and possibly unstoppable force of mind and might, the British actor wanted to develop a distinctive voice, one that evoked (albeit elliptically) the comic book character’s erudition and ethnic heritage (Bane hails from a fictional Caribbean country). Hardy sought a sound befitting a man steeped in malevolence and old soul wisdom and who could trace his roots to ancient Latin culture. “There were two doors we could walk through,” says Hardy. “We could play a very straightforward villain or we could go through this very quirky door, which is totally justified by the text but may seem very, very stupid.” Not surprisingly, Hardy decided to go for the second option. “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at—or it could be very fresh and exciting,” he says. While some found his dialogue incomprehensible in the IMAX-exclusive sneak peek attached to Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol last December, the actor asks for patience. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”

Bane’s motivation as a villain remains one of Rises’ best-kept secrets—although the trailers suggest his master plan requires the razing of Gotham and the death of Bruce Wayne. Does Bane represent a specific political or philosophical complaint? The answer is… maybe. “I think the politics of the film are going to be hotly debated one way or another, as they were in the last film,” says Nolan. Listening to Hardy compare Bane to the scarred, clown-faced villain who terrorized Gotham City in The Dark Knight, you almost get the feeling of a revolutionary usurper with tremendous resources. “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,” says Hardy. “There is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition. He is also a physical threat to Batman. There is nothing vague about Bane. No jokes. He’s a very clean, clear villain.”

The Dark Knight Rises arrives in theaters July 20th, 2012. 


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violator14 4/16/2012 11:30:06 AM

I am really liking the tone of this Bane more and more. I also think his voice thing is cool and I could totally understand what he was saying. I have found that some people are more keen to listening to accents and other forms of dialect, and some are just not at all.

i.e. my friend and i were watching Rob Roy, and one of the characters was speaking with a really heavy Irish accent.  As a few minutes went by she finally says, "What language is he speaking?? how are we supposed to understand without subtitles??" When i told her it was english, she was beyond shocked and we started laughing our asses off. So i can understand the few of you out there who think Bane is mumbling or is incomprehnsible. Unfortunately for us on the other side of the coin, we'll have to translate what he's saying to the rest of you. haha

Anyways I think he's gonna be awesome and he's already 10 times better than that Shufahcker version Bane of a travesty.

redhairs99 4/16/2012 11:35:18 AM

 I've said this before but let's hold off judgement until we see the final film.  It's the same thing everyone complained about when they announced Heath Ledger as The Joker and that turned out great at least for most of us (can't win over every fan)!

I have faith in all decisions Nolan makes and has made.  He hasn't given me a reason yet to doubt his direction.

OmegaDean 4/16/2012 12:15:40 PM

Exactly Violator.

Exactly Redhair.

I think Nolan has done a brilliant job on the villains and character developement. I just don't love his films like everyone else. I really want to see what he does in this movie, but I just can't get excited like everyone else.

Now Let's talk Avengers... there something I can't wait for.


Malltimecop 4/16/2012 2:45:18 PM

This one is way on the top of my list.  Nolan is in a class all his own.  I'm sure it will entertain.  On another note, I remember reading a few years back that Hardy was going to take over as the next Mad Max but I haven't heard any news on that latley.  I wonder if that's still in the cards. 

ElBaz13 4/16/2012 3:30:11 PM

Still waiting for Wiseguy's comment....




XeroWarp 4/16/2012 3:37:06 PM

I've really liked the new Batman franchise. However, with all of the other great films coming out this summer, TDKR, has slid to the bottom of my must see list.

SmokingFrog77 4/16/2012 4:17:01 PM

Can't wait, Tom Hardy is brilliant, and Nolan will not disappoint, UNLESS people develop ridiculous expectations of the film, and I'm sure that would NEVER happen ;)

jmw2814 4/16/2012 4:25:03 PM

 I have always liked the Bane character and I like Hardy. That being said I still think the Bane costume in this movie is one of the worst things I have ever seen. 

RedHood2010 4/16/2012 4:39:19 PM

Wise...oh Wise?

I too like what Nolan has done with the villians in the Batman universe.  I am looking forward to seeing how Bane beats down Batman.  I trust they will show what happens and then fast forward.  And it is looking like this Bane isn't about pumping up with a button or it won't be done cartoonish like that one..um, Batman movie.

Bane has shown to be smart person, just on the wrong side of the law.

DarthBob 4/16/2012 5:21:48 PM

 The article should be titled "Hardy Mumbles About Bane."

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