Tom Hardy On How ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Bulk-Up Changed His Body

Tom Hardy The Dark Knight Rises BaneBack in 2012, Max Max: Fury Road actor Tom Hardy portrayed the villainous Batman villain, Bane, in Christopher Nolan’s final installment of The Dark Knight franchise. Hardy had to do a massive amount of bulking up for The Dark Knight Rises as well as the 2012 film Warrior. In a recent interview, promoting the upcoming film Fonzo, Hardy spoke about what that kind of work-out and transformation has done to his body over the years.

“I don’t want to give too much away about it, but there’s definitely a transformation with that role. I don’t know if it’s as drastic as Bane. I’ve probably damaged my body too much. I’m only little! If I keep putting on weight I’ll collapse like a house of cards under too much pressure.

I think you pay the price with any drastic physical changes. It was alright when I was younger, to put myself under that kind of duress, but I think as you get into your 40s you have to be more mindful of the rapid training, packing on a lot of weight and getting physical, and then not having enough time to keep training because you’re busy filming, so your body is swimming in two different directions at the same time. And then after the film I’m tired, and you maybe have to change your shape again and go back to your normal size for the next film. To go from one extreme to another has a cost. I haven’t damaged my body, but I’m certainly a bit achier than I used to be! I kind of miss it. Compared to Christian Bale I’ve been by no means extreme in my body changes, but for what little I’ve done, yeah, I certainly have joints that click that probably shouldn’t click, you know what I mean? And carrying my children is a little bit harder than it used to be—but don’t tell them!”

The Dark Knight Rises is available on Blu-Ray/DVD as well as part of The Dark Knight complete trilogy set.

Source: The Daily Beast

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Max Vianna

    I feel like he was bigger in Bronson.

  • Chris W

    That’s called getting older.