Tom Hardy admits he 'loved' Batman
Tom Hardy has admitted he'd find it difficult to fight Batman despite playing his enemy, Bane, because he was such a fan of the Caped Crusader as a child.
The British actor plays Batman's foe in The Dark Knight Rises, the forthcoming Christopher Nolan film. He told this month's Empire magazine: "He looks really intimidating!
"There's a three-year-old in me that's going, 'Oh my God that's Batman! That's Batman and he's going to hit me! But I love Batman!'
"Then I look in the mirror. And I hit him back. Twice as hard."
Tom said audiences would find his character "brutal".
"If we're going to shoot somebody, shoot the pregnant woman or the old lady first. Make sure everybody stands up. And listens," he said.
"He is a terrorist in his mentality as well as brutal action. So he's horrible. A really horrible piece of work."
He said of filming the fight scenes: "It's very overwhelming. When you're training in a rehearsal room you go, 'Okay, I have a contact with seven people. This guy I chin, this one I slip and I punch, this one I pick up and suplex, this guy I kick in the face, and this one, he stops a hammer with his head. And then I meet Batman.'
"That's all all right in a rehearsal room, but then you add 1,000 people that are all dressed the same as the seven you're supposed to hit - 'cause they're all police officers - and I don't know where my police officers are. But the stuntmaster's like, 'Don't worry. They will find you'."
:: The full interview appears in this month's Empire magazine, on sale now.