There are many actors who have undergone insane body transformations in order to meet the visual requirements of a role. While an actor’s workout routine and diet regime is much discussed, rarely do we hear about the negative effects that come with these rapid transformations.
Actor Tom Hardy took on the highly coveted role of Batman’s villain Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. The part required Hardy to seriously hit the gym to mimic the character’s intimidating physique, which he did by amassing 42 pounds of muscle and fat in just three months.
While Hardy’s impressive body transformation has been praised by fans and gym enthusiasts everywhere, it came at a cost. The 39-year-old actor revealed to The Daily Beast how his physical demanding roles in Warrior and The Dark Knight Rises have affected his body in the long run.
“I think you pay the price with any drastic physical changes,” Tom Hardy told The Daily Beast. “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.”
Tom Hardy explained how after attaining a certain physique for a role, he would sometimes have to change his body again and that those transitions are what really take their toll. “To go from one extreme to another has a cost,” Hardy told The Daily Beast. “I haven’t damaged my body, but I’m certainly a bit achier than I used to be!”
Hardy compared himself to an actor known for his insane body transformations, Christian Bale, saying that he’s in no way undergone such drastic changes, but still feels the aftermath of his own. “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,” Hardy admitted.
However, Hardy isn’t shying away from roles that require body transformation. The actor is taking on the role of Capone in the upcoming film Fonzo, which Hardy admitted will require him to alter his body. Without giving too much away, Hardy stated: “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.”