Tom Hardy Probably Suffered Permanent Damage Bulking Up For Dark Knight Rises


Tom Hardy probably permanently damaged his body bulking up for Dark Knight Rises

Maybe Tom Hardy as Bane in the Dark Knight Rises wasn’t to everybody’s liking (I mean, people still make fun of that voice). But there’s little doubt that Tom Hardy was fully committed to the role. In fact, he was so committed, he might have done some irreversible damage to his body bulking up for it.

Hardy explained this when being asked if he’ll be putting on weight to play the role of Al Capone in the upcoming movie Fonzo:

"It’s not the classic Al Capone that you necessarily envision with the silhouette. I don’t want to give too much away about it, but there’s definitely a transformation with that role. I don’t know if it’s as drastic as Bane. I’ve probably damaged my body too much. I’m only little! If I keep putting on weight I’ll collapse like a house of cards under too much pressure."

"I think you pay the price with any drastic physical changes. It was alright when I was younger, to put myself under that kind of duress, but I think as you get into your 40s you have to be more mindful of the rapid training, packing on a lot of weight and getting physical, and then not having enough time to keep training because you’re busy filming, so your body is swimming in two different directions at the same time. And then after the film I’m tired, and you maybe have to change your shape again and go back to your normal size for the next film. To go from one extreme to another has a cost. I haven’t damaged my body, but I’m certainly a bit achier than I used to be! I kind of miss it. Compared to Christian Bale I’ve been by no means extreme in my body changes, but for what little I’ve done, yeah, I certainly have joints that click that probably shouldn’t click, you know what I mean? And carrying my children is a little bit harder than it used to be—but don’t tell them!"

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And of course Tom Hardy was all set to take on the role of another, if less well-known DC character as he was all set to play Colonel Flagg in Suicide Squad before he had to drop out due to scheduling priorities. Could he still become part of the DC film universe? My guess is he’ll have another opportunity if he wants it.

h/t ComicBook.Com