Here’s a look at the scar that can be seen on Tom Hardy’s character, Bane, in The Dark Knight Rises. Enjoy.
The Dark Knight Rises Bane Scar Photo:
The Bronson and Inception star is already setting the showbiz world alight with his portrayal of Bane in Batman The Dark Knight Rises… and the flick isn’t even out until July.
I caught up with the star – who’s notoriously quirky, but always gracious with it – at this week’s Iron Lady after-show party to talk Batman, his upcoming role playing Al Capone and why he’s desperate to own… an ALLOTMENT.
“Batman is such an amazing franchise that I honestly feel overwhelmingly privileged to be a part of it,” he said over a cocktail with his fiancée actress Charlotte Riley, who he met on the set of 2009’s Wuthering Heights.
“It’s such an amazing cast to work alongside, they are all so talented. I loved being able to play a baddie and, coming from East Sheen in South-West London, that doesn’t come easily to me. I actually had to work on not being very nice. I’m genuinely a nice guy.
“I’m not even thinking about how it’s going to blow up for me after Batman. I’m just going to enjoy it and I’m still going to be buying a pint of milk by myself at the corner shop.”
Rather than dreaming of Oscars glory, humble Tom’s mind is on more down to earth matters… literally.
“My aim is to get an allotment,” the 34-year-old said. “But where I live they are very selective about who they give one to, so even when I get to Michael Caine levels of acting I may not be able to have one.”
And with a nod to his well- publicised bad-boy past, Tom said: “I was so happy to finally have a ‘TW’ postcode when I got my place in East Sheen, as I always got excited when I heard police radioing in that postcode – and there was me probably sat in the back of their car!
“And don’t forget it’s where Sir Trevor McDonald is from. That’s enough reason to stay. I would never consider moving.”
Tom has the lead role in the new Mad Max film, which he begins shooting in Namibia this April with Charlize Theron and A Single Man star Nicholas Hoult.
But his next huge project is to play the Depression-era Chicago crime boss Al Capone.
He enthused: “I’m going to be learning Italian for the film. I’ve got 18 months beforehand but I’m not sure how long it’s going to take – the studio are paying for it anyway! I don’t think it will be too difficult, it’s just what you do for the role.
“Saying that, after watching Meryl Streep play Margaret Thatcher I’m now sh***ing myself at my attempt at a biopic, as she blew it out the water.
“How am I meant to live up to that? She truly lived and breathed that role. That was definitely America 1, UK 0.”
Tom is one of the good guys. World, get ready… he’s about to take over.
In the 50th episode of Pensado’s Place, Dave and Herb welcome GRAMMY-winning engineer and scoring mixer Alan Meyerson who’s currently working with Hans Zimmer on the score for The Dark Knight Rises. Enjoy.
Pensado’s Place – Alan Meyerson:
‘Dark Knight Rises’ star Anne Hathaway: ‘Gotham City is full of grace’
By Geoff Butcher
Dec. 29, 2011 | 5:30 a.m.
SPOILER WARNING: This story, which will appear in the upcoming Los Angeles Times 2012 Film Sneaks issue, reveals some details about a scene in the upcoming film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Gotham City is a war zone. A ruthless madman named Bane has ripped away any sense of security and the citizens, haggard and clutching suitcases with refugee anxiety, sit behind barbed wire waiting to see what will blow up next. A hooded prisoner is dragged in – it’s Bruce Wayne, one of Gotham’s most famous faces – but the eyes of the crowd go instead to the woman in black standing at the top of the staircase.
“Sorry to spoil things, boys, but Bane needs these guys himself,” says sultry Selina Kyle, played here by actress Anne Hathaway, navigating the steps with stiletto heels that, on closer inspection, turn out to have serrated edges capable of leaving nasty claw marks in a fight. She also wears high-tech goggles that, when not in use, flip up and resemble feline ears.
Meet the new Catwoman — but don’t expect her to do any purring this time around. “I love the costume,” Hathaway said last summer on the set of “The Dark Knight Rises,” after shooting that scene for the film. “I love the costume because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy’s sake, and that’s the case with everything in Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City.”
Nolan is the director who truly made Batman a grim creature of the night after decades of Hollywood versions that climbed into the Batmobile with a wink. On July 20, the filmmaker delivers “The Dark Knight Rises,” his third and, he says, his final Gotham City film. Christian Bale, now a newly minted Oscar winner, is back as the haunted hero and the supporting cast again includes Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.
The newcomers this time include Hathaway and Tom Hardy (who worked with Nolan on “Inception”), who plays Bane, the hulking, masked terrorist who will test the hero physically more than any of his previous foes, Nolan says. The movie is set eight years after the events of “The Dark Knight,” the billion-dollar 2008 hit that will be a tough act to follow, especially considering the Oscar-winning performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker.
Hathaway says the new script (based on a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer and written by the director and his brother, Jonathan Nolan) is strong and that she and Hardy have Nolan on their side, which counts for a lot in a franchise that has been defined by his carefully crafted shadows and symbols.
“Gotham City is full of grace,” Hathaway said. “You look at Heath’s performance as the Joker, there was a lot of madness there but there was also a grace and he had a code there. There’s a lot of belief and codes of behavior in Gotham and my character has one, too. A lot of the way she moves and interacts with people is informed by her worldview. Chris has given us all such complex, defined, sophisticated worldviews that it’s just a matter of doing your homework and getting underneath the character’s skin.”
The character has considerable history. She first appeared in the comics in the spring of 1940 as a villain driven more by profit than madness or blood lust, and Batman’s attempts to reform her would become a staple part of her mythology – as would the sexual tension between the Bat and the Cat.
“I really got into the comics after I was cast and I like that when she made her first appearance she meets Bruce Wayne and says ‘Let go of me or I’ll claw your eyes out,’ and he says, ‘Careful, claws in or papa spank,’” Hathaway said. “So I’m glad we’ve come a long way since then. I’m not saying anything against Bob Kane, though.”
Kane, the credited creator of Batman (writer Bill Finger is now acknowledged as co-creator but wasn’t at the time), said that the movie star Hedy Lamarr was a key inspiration for Catwoman, so Hathaway did a deep dive into the Vienna native’s films.
“I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary,” Hathaway said. “She takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly. There’s a shot of her in [the 1933 film] ‘Ecstasy’ exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot.”
Hathaway began her career in tiara mode with “The Princess Diaries” films and “Ella Enchanted” but now, at 29, she has plenty of genre distance between herself and “role model for children” roles (as she called those early films) with projects as varied as “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Love and Other Drugs.”
During a break between scenes last summer on the London location shoot, while still wearing her Catwoman suit, Hathaway killed time by doing a crossword puzzle, talking about politics and, when things got too drab, launching into a Tina Turner dance routine while singing “Proud Mary.” The actress said that Nolan’s set is the most well-organized operation she had ever seen, that the pressure that comes with it is welcome, and that for cast and crew “it’s a pleasure to give your best.”
Nolan, in a later interview in Los Angeles, said that Hathaway brought a special skill set to the role.
“She had something very important we needed for this character — she’s an incredibly talented but naturalistic actress, which makes her great in film. She also has terrific theatrical skill so she can project a persona and there’s a big aspect of the character that is a persona. She’s a multi-layered character and we needed a great actress that could rise to that challenge.”
As Catwoman, she follows in the feline footsteps of Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt and Lee Meriwether as actresses who have played the character in film or television. Newmar has already given her blessing to he newest member of the club, saying Hathaway will be “marvelous,” and Hathaway appreciates it. At the same time, the new Catwoman says that for her particular character, the past is really never as important as her present.
“What’s come before doesn’t limit or even affect this new version,” Hathaway said. “It doesn’t affect me because each Catwoman – and this is true in the comics as well – she is defined by the context of the Gotham City created around her. Catwoman is so influenced by Gotham and whoever is creating Gotham at the time. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman was informed by Tim Burton’s Gotham and Eartha Kitt was informed by Adam West’s Gotham. You have to live in whatever the reality of the world is and whatever Gotham is.”
— Geoff Boucher