The Brutality Of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
"He's always had this need, this drive, to take action because of the tragedy that befell him," Christian Bale tells Total Film Magazine in their latest issue. "He's not in the healthiest of places, in many ways."
With the plot of The Dark Knight Rises still one of Hollywood's best kept secrets, we have no idea what state we find Bruce Wayne eight years after the events of the last film. However, there will be one constant in his life. Pain.
"That's constant throughout. But I think it's more about him feeling the consequences of a life that's entirely directed by pain, and holding onto that pain, and just how long he can do that. It's about making the decision to continue [being Batman] in order to maybe self-destruct, or whether he can find some kind of rebirth, to be himself. There's a certain amount of reflection."
"Chris is very good at recognising the kind of movie that we're making, that we're not making a little character piece," he adds for anyone concerned that action might be put on the back burner. "There's no reason why you can't have a substantial amount of character in it, but we're not going to go so far that people say, 'This is no longer the excitement I'm looking for.' It's the end of an era. For me, personally, and for Batman."
As ominous that sounds, producer (and wife of director Christopher Nolan) Emma Thomas makes it clear that the Caped Crusader faces his biggest challenge yet. "I would say that in terms of brutality, this one exceeds the last one. This is the first episode that Batman's ever physically been taken. Bane is a brute. I think what's great about this villain is that The Joker is all about mind games and messing with people, whereas Bane is about physical strength. We're giving Batman someone truly worthy of him. It's not just pure force. Je's really switched on."
For more from these two (as well as Christopher Nolan and the rest of the cast) be sure to pick up the latest issue of Total Film Magazine which is now on sale.
Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises
On the mask, Hardy told us: “It’s not as bad as you might think. You just put it on. Work out where you drool goes. That’s it. Mask work is good fun. This one wasn’t painful; there was the stunt mask and there was the up-close on for the sexy glam shots.”
And he also shared some startling insight into the unforgiving regime he stuck to when we asked: what was required to attain the Bane bulk? “Eating entire villages of chickens. When I started I was about 160-something pounds. When I was done I was 190. You lift weights. You eat. You lift some more weights. You don’t run anywhere because if you do cardio, you drop weight. So it’s really good for heart attacks!”
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