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“I was really overweight, it wasn’t great for my heart”: Tom Hardy Didn’t Feel Great as Bane While Working With Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises

Tom Hardy as Bane in the Dark Knight Rises

Tom Hardy is passionate about his work and when it comes to bringing a character to life, the actor does it to his full potential. Throughout his career, he has portrayed a wide range of characters. From featuring as a fairly skinny soldier in Band of Brothers to bulking up for The Dark Knight Rises Hardy went through several body transformations. However, sometimes these body transformations also caused health concerns for the Hollywood star.

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The Mad Max star gained 30 pounds for his role in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. He portrayed the DC supervillain, Bane in the film. In order to portray the character, Hardy had to bulk up in a short period, leading the actor to worry about his health.

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Tom Hardy Did Not Feel Good After Bulking Up For The Dark Knight Rises

Tom Hardy starred alongside Christian Bale in the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. However, portraying Gotham villain on screen required Hardy to bulk up in a short amount of time. The Venom star did so by gaining 30 pounds and working out to gain muscles.

The body transformation is considered the most extreme in his career. Tom Hardy shared that he had to follow strict diets to gain weight. Munching on pizzas and gaining weight might not come as a big task but it did come with certain drawbacks for the actor.

Tom Hardy as Bane
Tom Hardy as Bane

Tom Hardy shared that he did not feel good after bulking up for his role. He said, “If you look closely if you really study the photographs, I was really overweight,” Bronson star said. He shared that he ate a lot and workout to gain muscles, but it still impacted his health.

That’s the magic of lighting and three or four months of lifting and training and eating lots of pizza. It wasn’t great for my heart,” he said. Tom Hardy had gained weight for his characters in Bronson and Warrior. But portraying Bane required him to look as big as possible. However, he still says that his body transformation was nothing compared to Christian Bale.

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Tom Hardy Was Intimidated by Christian Bale

While sharing his experience about working with Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy said that he was intimated by the Batman actor. “He looks really intimidating,” Hardy said.

There’s a three-year-old in me that’s going, ‘Oh my God that’s Batman! That’s Batman and he’s going to hit me! But I love Batman!” he further added. He also shared that he had to communicate with him through signals because of the mask he was required to put on as Bane.

Tom Hardy and Christian Bale
Tom Hardy and Christian Bale

Christian Bale also talked about working with the Locke star. While talking to Empire, he said he would love to work with Tom Hardy again.

Bale said that he was eager to work in another movie with Hardy cause he felt like they had been working in isolation behind their masks. The Dark Knight star also shared that they promised to work together on something one day.

The Dark Knight trilogy is available to stream on HBO Max.

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Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.