Tom Hardy Talks ‘Playing God’ In ‘Dark Knight Rises’

By now, we all know that Bane is the man to break the Bat. But we didn’t realize that he’s going to be akin to God in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming flick “The Dark Knight Rises.”

That’s exactly who Tom Hardy compares his character to in a new interview with Total Film at the Cannes Film Festival. In the brief spoilery quote, Hardy also teases how Gary Oldman’s Commissioner Gordon and Bane cross paths.

“I spent my entire experience with Gary [on ’Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’] staring at him and not returning any lines because I think he’s God,” Hardy said. “The second time [on ’The Dark Knight Rises’] I was playing God, so I ignored him. Kicked him a bit, that kind of thing. Gary Oldman is one of my heroes, I did nothing but glean from him.”

Vulture was also treated to a candid chat with Hardy at Cannes, which ranged in topic from “Lawless” to responding to internet commenters to beer. The New York Magazine blog asked Hardy if he was prepared for the level of fame that he’d get from being in a Christopher Nolan Batman movie, or if he thought he’d be able to avoid it because his face is largely covered in the film. Surprisingly, he said he didn’t care either way.

“To me, it’s about the characters, it’s about the film, it’s about the process of making stunning visuals and a huge, epic movie. It doesn’t matter if my head was covered in a black plastic bag and I was bouncing around in a space hopper: That’s the villain of Chris Nolan’s Batman!” he said.

Directed by Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight Rises” stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Hardy, Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman. It’s coming to theaters and IMAX on July 20.

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