The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy is currently promoting his new FX miniseries series, Taboo. In a new interview with The Daily Beast, one of the topics they discussed was all the weight that Hardy has put on over the years on for various roles.
Bronson, Warrior, and The Dark Knight Rises are all movies that Tom Hardy has had to bulk up for. The next one will be Fonzo, where Hardy is playing a heavy American gangster named Al Capone.
“I don’t want to give too much away about it, but there’s definitely a transformation with that role, Hardy said about playing Capone. “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.”
The Daily Beast then followed up on that answer, asking if bulking up for Bane damaged his body.
Did Warrior and playing Bane damage your body?
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!
Tom Hardy, who is 5’9″, put on about 30lbs of muscle to play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. He was close to 200lbs.
SOURCE: The Daily Beast