Tom Hardy Discusses How Bulking up to Play Bane Affected his Body
January 26, 2017 By Jon Somers
An area of superstardom that often gets overlooked when actor’s play superheroes is the drastic changes to their body. Tom Hardy had to bulk up massively to play the role, here he is discussing its impact on his body.
“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. 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!”
So next time you complain about your January diet bear in mind some of the massive changes Hollywood stars go through to play your much loved characters.
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