Christopher Nolan came out in defense of Bane’s divisive performance of Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises.
Surpassing The Dark Knight was a very difficult task, but Christopher Nolan tried to accomplish this great challenge with The Dark Knight Rises. In this last film in the trilogy, Tom Hardy played Bane, a difficult-to-understand villain who pushed Batman to his limits, although some comic book fans weren’t happy with the way he was portrayed on screen.
There’s no denying that Tom Hardy did an excellent job on the 2012 film, but his portrayal of the character has never been praised as much as Heath Ledger did four years earlier with the Joker. For this reason, during a recent interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Christopher Nolan decided to praise Hardy’s performance and argued that he has not yet received the recognition he deserves.
An excellent performance…
“There’s no safety net for any of these guys and Tom Hardy, what he did with that character, has yet to be fully appreciated, ” the filmmaker explained. “It’s an extraordinary and truly amazing performance.”
“The voice, the relationship between only seeing the eyes and the forehead. We had all these discussions about the mask and what it would reveal and what it wouldn’t reveal, and one of the things that I remember him saying to me, he said, he put his finger to his temple and his brow and said, ‘Can you give me this to play? Let people see this. ‘ Sure enough, you see in the movie, these kinds of Brando-style eyebrows, expressing all kinds of just monstrous things, “Nolan continued. “It’s really a great performance.”
The Dark Knight Rises is a movie worth rewatching, and Tom Hardy’s Bane deserves a lot more recognition than it received back then.