A year later, the fags are history, the conversation less frantic, but the caffeine still needed. “One espresso coming up,” says a publicist. As for that cigar, it’s for his ‘passion project’ playing Al Capone in
but, when we meet he’s on “priority call” for
The Dark Knight Rises
and has been shooting scenes around the UK before heading off to the States.
A relative newcomer in the
’s rogues' gallery, Bane wasn’t the villain on fanboy lips when Hardy’s name first cropped up. He recalls Nolan phoning him up while he was shooting
This Means War
in Vancouver to sound him out about playing the chemically enhanced muscleman, and pressing him hard on whether he’d get frustrated acting behind a mask.
“I remember saying, ‘Hang on a minute. You’re asking me to come round the world with you, playing a villain in a
movie, and the only downside is I have to wear a mask? Hmm, let me think. I’ll get back to you… No, I’m fucking there, man! Anything you need.’”