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Before The Dark Knight even hit theaters, rumors about Heath Ledger’s legendary character study were already in full circulation mode on the internet. Not so long ago, we heard from an exorcist who thought the actor was possessed by a demon. Now we’re hearing word from Tom Hardy that his acting technique places him on the other end of the spectrum.

In an interview with The Press Association (via CBM) the Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy says that he has no problem distancing himself from his villain persona.

“I didn’t get into a dark place at all. A lot of dark characters are easy to have distance from, it’s something I feel comfortable with, I suppose.” The actor has described the character as “brutal” and “heavy-handed”, but said that he had no problem separating himself from the role.

As a matter of a fact, he had the presence of mind to notice how uncomfortable the Bane mask really was.

“Bane’s mask is tight, actually. I got used to it, but you get used to anything really, in time.”

What do you think? Would you prefer Tom Hardy to delve more into his role? Are you glad that Tom Hardy has the self preservation to distance himself from such a brutal character? Would you want to spend hours with a scary looking Saw contraption on your face?

  • Clive

    I’d be more worried if he coudn’t easily distance himself from the role.  You don’t have to be a psycho to play a psycho

  • Lucia

    Different actors approach the process in different ways, and I appreciate him being honest about it all in the first place. He’s proof that you don’t necessarily have to go to extremes to be a talented actor. That being said, I totally admire method actors and the like also! So excited for DKR!!

  • HPF93

    Actors have different ways to get into characters and some prefer to have a strong distance from them after shooting. Some actors even keep the way a character talks, just so they can go in and out of character in no time at all. But however an actor likes to go into his/her character I think makes no differance of how good or bad they play it.

  • Anonymous

    I think the main point is Ledger was already in a bad place when he began filming the Joker character, so it’s more like it gave him even more of a reason to go down the rabbit hole.  Unlike Hardy who seems like his mind is clear right now as a person, sadly Heath wasn’t as lucky. 

  • eagle.eye.

    daniel day lewis never left his character bill the butcher in gangs of new york for months

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