Tom Hardy Knew People Might Laugh at His Bane Voice in the 'Dark Knight Rises'

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Tom Hardy Knew People Might Laugh at His Bane Voice in the 'Dark Knight Rises'
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Tom Hardy has admitted he knew people may laugh at his Bane voice in The Dark Knight Rises.

The actor played the masked DC villain in the 2012 conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy – though his voice has been the subject of some mockery among fans.

Answering the web's most searched questions for Wired with Venom: Let There Be Carnage director Andy Serkis, Hardy explained how he created the Bane sound.

"That was actually a really cool choice that Chris [Nolan] made. Bane quintessentially is Latinx in origin... and I'm not," he began. "So, I looked at the concept of Latin and found a man called Bartley Gorman, who's a Romany gypsy.

"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.'

"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.

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"'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.'

"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]," Hardy added.

Last year, Nolan admitted he felt that people did not give Hardy enough credit as Bane, telling the Happy Sad Confused podcast: "There's no safety net for any of these guys and Tom, I mean... what he did with that character has yet to be fully appreciated. It's an extraordinary performance, and truly amazing.

"The voice, the relationship between just seeing the eyes and the brow. We had all these discussions about the mask and what it would reveal and what it wouldn't reveal, and one of the things I remember him saying to me, he sort of put his finger up to his temple and his eyebrow and said, 'Can you give me this to play with? Let people see this.'

"Sure enough, you see there in the film, this kind of Brando-esque brow, expressing all kinds of just monstrous things. It's really quite a performance."

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