'Dark Knight Rises' Director Christopher Nolan Explains Tom Hardy's Bane

Bane

"Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan made an interesting choice in selecting Bane, a relatively lesser-known Batman villain, as the main antagonist for his final trip to Gotham City. But what may have come as a surprise to onlookers was a no-brainer to Nolan and his team.

"With Bane, the physicality is the thing," Nolan said in a new interview with The Los Angeles Times. "With a good villain you need an archetype, you know, you need the extreme of some type of villainy. The Joker is obviously a particular archetype of diabolical, chaotic anarchy and has a devilish sense of humor. Bane, to me, is something we haven’t dealt with in the films. We wanted to do something very different in this film."

"He's a primarily physical villain, he's a classic movie monster in a way — but with a terrific brain," he added. "I think he’s a fascinating character. I think people are going to get a kick out of what we’ve done with him."

The "we" includes actor Tom Hardy, who plays Bane and is already very familiar with Nolan's sensibilities thanks to their collaboration on "Inception."

"Tom is somebody who really knows how to put character into every gesture, every aspect of his physicality in the way that great actors can," said Nolan. "He’s a very, very physical actor. He transforms himself and it’s there in every movement. He’s not afraid to look at a character from the outside as well as the inside so there’s a deep psychological branch to the character but also a very, very specific awareness of how he’s going to use his body and his appearance to express that character too. Christian is like that too, very much."

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