Tom Hardy says he was not surprised by fans’ reaction towards the voice of his character Bane in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises.
Tom Hardy recently acknowledged he was aware that his Bane voice in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) would be bantered.
The Venom actor portrayed the masked DC supervillain in the 2012 culmination to Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy, albeit his voice has been mocked by fans.
Hardy described how he generated the Bane voice in a response to Andy Serkis‘s most frequently asked questions for Wired with Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
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That was actually a really cool choice that Chris [Nolan] made. Bane quintessentially is Latinx in origin… and I’m not. So, I looked at the concept of Latin and found a man called Bartley Gorman, who’s a Romany gypsy.
The actor added,
The king of the gypsies, in inverted commas, and a bare-knuckle fighter and a boxer. And he said, ‘[In a Bane voice] When I get into a ring with a man, and we want to wipe you off the face of the Earth, and he wants to kill me…’. And I was like, ‘This is great.’
The 44-year-old continued,
And I showed Chris. I said, ‘Chris, we can either go down a sort of arch Darth Vader kind of route, straight, just neutral tone villain voice. Or we could try this. And this I’ve been thinking of just in case we’ve got to consider the roots and origins of Bane. But we could get laughed out the park with it, it might be something that we regret, but it’s your choice ultimately.’
Hardy went on,
He says, ‘No I think we’ll go with it.’ And that was that. And we played with it, and made it a bit more florid… and now people laugh at it [laughs].
Last year, Nolan remarked that he felt Hardy was underappreciated as Bane.
The filmmaker told Happy Sad Confused podcast there is no safety net for any of these individuals, and Tom for what he created with that character is still not fully acknowledged. It’s an outstanding and truly remarkable performance.
The voice, the interaction between just looking at the eyes and brow. They had all these debates about the mask and what it would disclose and what it wouldn’t convey, and one of the stuff Nolan remembers Tom saying to him was, ‘Can you give me this to play with?’ Let people see this.’
Unsurprisingly, there’s a Brando-esque brow throughout the picture, communicating all kinds of awful things. It’s a fantastic performance, Nolan concludes.