Tom Hardy works meticulously when prepping for his roles. As he does with every part he takes on, Hardy uses personalities, both real and fictitious, to help shape his portrayal. For example, when the 40-year-old actor took on the role of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, he focused on crafting a unique voice that borrowed from former boxing champ Bartley Gorman, as well as Elizabeth Taylor’s late husband Richard Burton.
“Bane is somebody who’s in tremendous pain all the time. So he had an older voice,” Hardy said. “Which is sort of Richard Burton, I suppose, you know. Slightly florid, camp English villain … in many ways, but just off-center.”
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