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Now, while has become widely beloved by cinemagoers for a variety of reasons, it's likely fair to say that for the majority of his fans, it was the actors turn in -themed epic that truly wedged him into their hearts. Sure, some of us may have admired him in Bronson, and it was certainly his turn in that pushed him over into geek legend, but he will — for better or for worse — forever be associated with , and that gloriously ridiculous face mask/accent combo.

As such, it's a little unsettling to discover that:

Tom Hardy Screwed Up His Own Body By Playing Bane, Apparently

'The Dark Knight Rises' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'The Dark Knight Rises' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Indeed, as the actor himself recently revealed in an interview with The Daily Beast, the role didn't just take a lot out of him at the time — its effects are still being felt by Hardy today.

The subject came up while Hardy was discussing his new show , and the changes to his body that it required — which, it seems, are not insubstantial:

"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."

Pressed for more details about the impact of past body-altering roles like that of Bane, Hardy offered a pretty darned detailed breakdown of precisely what impact his past roles have had, and just how much turning 40 changes the way your body responds to physical strain:

'The Dark Knight Rises' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'The Dark Knight Rises' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

"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!"

Which, if you have any plans to engage in substantial body re-engineering in your 40's, should probably act as a cautionary tale of some kind — even if Hardy's body of work would seem to somewhat justify the work his body has had to do in order to make it happen.

What do you think, though? Would you be willing to push your body as far as Hardy in order to beat up Batman on the big screen? Let us know below!

(Sources: The Daily Beast)


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