We thought it would be the Riddler, but the big bad guy of The Dark Knight Rises is this guy: Bane. First seen as a decerebrate wrestler in Batman & Robin, here he takes on the traits of Tom Hardy, for a more subtle but no less forceful version.
Allociné: Let me ask you a question that you did not answer at Comic Con …
Tom Hardy: … and I will probably not be able to here either! (Laughs)
Is your Bane the same as in the comic book, and do you have an accent?
I really can’t say anything about it, sorry.
And what about working with Christian Bale? It’s the “Fighter” and you’re the “Warrior” …
I hadn’t realized this before (laughs) I’m always the last to notice such things. I love working with Christian, and more generally with all those who have worked with Chris Nolan because his casts are always composed of lovely people who are really professional. And with Christian, there is no room for ego. He manages to create an atmosphere that is both intimate and calm. You see what I mean?
Yes, it makes sense.
It wasn’t like living a huge and overwhelming experience, even if that is the case. You only have to glance at what’s on at stake. I played to 1400 people [the scene in the stadium], and there were something like 11,000 outside.
Can you tell us about wearing the mask and costume of Bane?
It’s really hot when you wear them. But when you think of the soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan, and the equipment they must wear, I say that it’s not that bad after all. But it is still hot, and it’s hard to breathe with the mask.
Was it more difficult saying your lines with the mask?
At firsty I couldn’t hear anything, and nobody culd see me talking (laughs) Somewhere there’s magic!
Have you tried to use other ways to express yourself with your arms or eyes?
I can’t speak of this magic (laughs)
You have more respect for Darth Vader now?
(Laughs) I grew up with the original Star Wars, and I always found Darth Vader very cool. But ultimately, the person speaking is not the same as wearing the mask.
You were seen in “Bronson” or “Warrior”, where you play dark but somehow endearing characters. What about Bane? Is it a true villain you can’t love because he’s opposite Batman?
This is a character who is very different from those I have played before, and it gave me the opportunity to do new things. But I can’t reveal the story which would support what I just said.
Have you felt like you’re becoming “the man who would succeed Heath Ledger’s Joker”?
No, I’ve never tried to compete with someone so brilliant. Don’t try to be better than someone but to the best you can be. Heath was amazing, but I have my own role to play.
You also appeared in a “Star Trek” film. Is getting involved with large franchises attractive to you?
Working on Star Trek: Nemesis made me grow up, because I was very young at the time [24 yrs old]. I’d only worked for nine months when I made the film. It was huge, overwhelming, and it opened my eyes very early and made it clear the responsibility you can have when playing a villain in Batman, a hobbit, or anything like that. The characters belong primarily to a large number of people who adore them. So we have a big responsibility when you take it on. Star Trek has helped me in that way, and indirectly helped me to play a villain in a world as this one, for which I’m very pleased.