Interviewed by the site Wired, Tom Hardy recently spoke about his memories of filming on “The Dark Knight Rises”, and in particular the way in which he had made the so particular voice of the dreaded Bane.
A completely bald head, a terrifying metal mask, a mountainous musculature … and a cave voice.
If Bane – a titanic enemy of Batman played by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises – has remained so anchored in our memories of spectators, it is in part thanks to the character’s particular intonation. A metallic tone, disembodied, tinged with an almost impossible to identify accent, forged from scratch by its interpreter.
But how did Tom Hardy go about crafting the colossus’s recognizable voice? Recently interviewed by Wired To talk about his upcoming role in the movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the actor spoke about how he suggested this lead to Christopher Nolan, on the set of The Dark Knight Rises.
“Bane is a character who has Latin origins, which is not my case”, he explained. “So I did some research and found a man called Bartley Gorman, who is from the Roma community. They call him ‘the king of the Gypsies’. He is a boxer and he fights with his bare hands.”
Impressed by the unique accent of this emeritus fighter, Tom Hardy decided to be inspired by it to build the voice of his character:
“I thought it was awesome. I showed it to [Christopher Nolan]“, he says. “I told him we could either follow a Darth Vader-style lead, a neutral villain tone, or we could try that. I had considered that possibility, just in case we had to take it. take into account the roots and origins of Bane (…). [Christopher Nolan] replied that we were going to go in that direction. We had fun with [cet accent], we made it a little smoother, and now people love it. “
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