Tom Hardy opens up about his villainous character in the highly anticipated Batman film, describing him as a 'terrorist' and a 'horrible piece of work' who would shoot a pregnant woman or old lady.
Tom Hardy has revealed about how brutal Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises" is. To Empire magazine, the British actor explained that the villainous character is a "horrible piece of work" and that in the upcoming movie he wouldn't hesitate to kill a pregnant woman or an old lady.
The 34-year-old actor told the magazine that Bane is "not approaching it with a 12-certificate attitude" because he is "so horrible." He added, "If we're going to shoot somebody, shoot the pregnant woman or the old lady first. Make sure everybody stands up. And listens. He is a terrorist in his mentally as well as brutal action. So he's horrible. A really horrible piece of work."
Hardy went on explaining about having some fight scenes with Christian Bale's Batman in the film. He confessed that it felt surreal because he was a big fan of the Cape Crusader when he was a kid.
"There's a 3-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!" claimed Hardy. "Then I look in the mirror. And I hit him back. Twice as hard."
Meanwhile, director Christopher Nolan explained about what makes Bane very different from other Batman's nemesis. "Bane's a very different kind of villain than Batman has faced before in our films," he said. "He's a great sort of movie monster, but with an incredible brain."
"And that was a side of him that hadn't been tapped before," the filmmaker continued. "Because the stories from the comics are very epic and very evocative, very much in the way that Bruce Wayne's origin story is epic and evocative. We were looking to really parallel that with our choice of villain. So he is a worthy adversary."
Previously, Nolan has broken silence that the forthcoming Batman film will take place eight years after "The Dark Knight". He said, "It's really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story. We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after 'The Dark Knight'. So he's an older Bruce Wayne; he's not in a great state."
To open wide in U.S. theaters on July 20, 2012, "The Dark Knight Rises" is directed, co-written and co-produced by Nolan. In addition to Hardy and Bale, the much awaited superhero movie stars Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman.