How Tom Hardy Bulked Up For Batman Villain Role - And Suffered

Tom Hardy revealed how his body may have suffered from the consequences of training too hard.

We all know how tough it is when it comes to piling muscle mass and trying to avoid injuring our bodies at the same time. 

Hollywood star Tom Hardy had to do exactly just that in order to play Bane, the villain in the Batman franchise The Dark Knight Rises, and according to, paid the price for it.

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He revealed to The Daily Beast that trying to morph his 5'9" frame was probably pushing it a tad too far.

"It’s not the classic Al Capone that you necessarily envision with the silhouette, while doing press for his new eight-part television series Taboo.

"I don’t want to give too much away about it, but there’s definitely a transformation with that role. I don’t know if it’s as drastic as Bane. I’ve probably damaged my body too much. I’m only little! If I keep putting on weight I’ll collapse like a house of cards under too much pressure."

Often, we tend to lament how age is starting to skew our interests towards something that is less draining on the mind and body, and Tom is no different.

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The 39 year-old feels that age, just as much as lifestyle, has a part to play in one's body transformation process. There are plenty of factors that a person have to take into consideration.

"I think you pay the price with any drastic physical changes. It was alright when I was younger, to put myself under that kind of duress, but I think as you get into your 40s you have to be more mindful of the rapid training, packing on a lot of weight and getting physical, and then not having enough time to keep training because you’re busy filming, so your body is swimming in two different directions at the same time.

And then after the film I’m tired, and you maybe have to change your shape again and go back to your normal size for the next film."

Tom is no stranger to whipping his body into shape, evident in characters he played in Bronson and Warrior (below).


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Those sessions have left indelible marks on his body, in the form of aches, pain and joint issues that refuse to vanish.

"To go from one extreme to another has a cost. I haven’t damaged my body, but I’m certainly a bit achier than I used to be!

I kind of miss it. Compared to Christian Bale I’ve been by no means extreme in my body changes, but for what little I’ve done, yeah, I certainly have joints that click that probably shouldn’t click, you know what I mean?

And carrying my children is a little bit harder than it used to be—but don’t tell them!"

Photo: Warner Bros Entertainment Inc

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