When Christian Bale and Tom Hardy joined forces for The Dark Knight Rises, the dynamic between the two actors was both fascinating and awe-inspiring. While Hardy deeply admired Bale’s talent, he couldn’t help but feel a sense of intimidation when sharing the screen with the Oscar-winning actor, particularly when Bale donned the iconic Batman costume.
Hardy openly acknowledged the intensity of Bale’s presence and its impact on him during their collaborative work. The combination of Bale’s immense skill and the imposing figure of Batman created an atmosphere that heightened Hardy’s respect and reverence for his co-star.
What Made Tom Hardy Nervous After Being Cast As Bane
In Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to his Dark Knight trilogy, Tom Hardy eagerly took on the formidable challenge of portraying the iconic supervillain Bane. Recognizing the significance of being part of Nolan’s visionary series, Hardy understood that this role would mark a turning point in his career.
“Doing Batman has been massive. It’s a massive deal. My career was like a paddling pool. Bane has gone and thrown a grenade into it,” Hardy once told Mirror. “It’s that kind of change.”
The role of Bane represented a pivotal moment for the actor, allowing him to showcase his immense talent and range in a character that would leave an indelible mark on the franchise. However, alongside his excitement, Hardy keenly felt the weight of responsibility that came with portraying such an iconic character.
“At times I have felt nervous about the role. It’s taken me 30 years to get here. When I got offered the part I was nervous because of the hype,” Hardy added. “It is huge. My friends have told me my that my life will change after the film but I have tried to remain focused and remain British.”
Why Was Tom Hardy Scared Of Christian Bale
The Dark Knight Rises marked the first collaboration between Tom Hardy and Christian Bale. In fact, Bale’s involvement initially drew Hardy to the project. As anticipated, Bale’s reputation for intensity as a performer proved to be well-founded, exceeding Hardy’s expectations.
“Christian can be quite fiery on set but I really wanted to meet him as he is exciting and an impressive actor,” Hardy said.
However, Hardy candidly confessed that he felt a sense of intimidation upon witnessing Bale in full costume as Batman. Despite initially assuming that Bale’s portrayal of the Dark Knight would be less intimidating than anticipated, Hardy quickly realized the true extent of Bale’s transformative power.
“I was expecting the old Batman in grey pants. Then this huge looming figure turned up at 10ft tall with huge pointy ears and he looked at me and said, ‘Hi. I am Batman.’ And that scared me. Christian Bale is really tough – not the kind of guy you want to p*** off,” Hardy added.
The Dark Knight Rises is available for streaming on HBO Max.