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Sunday 24 May 2015

Hardy: Bane mask was a challenge

Tom Hardy also stars in new film This Means War
Tom Hardy also stars in new film This Means War

Tom Hardy has said he had to get used to wearing a super-tight mask to play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

The 34-year-old was hand-picked by director Christopher Nolan to play the comic book villain, known for his shaved head and headwear which looks like a gas mask.

Speaking at the premiere of his latest film, This Means War, Tom said: "Bane's mask is tight, actually. I got used to it, but you get used to anything really, in time."

The actor has described the character as "brutal" and "heavy-handed", but said that he had no problem separating himself from the role.

"I didn't get into a dark place at all. A lot of dark characters are easy to have distance from, it's something I feel comfortable with, I suppose."

Tom added that he enjoyed being silly for his role in romantic comedy This Means War.

"It was nice to do something fun as I always take myself so seriously," he said.

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