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Bulking Up For Bane Damaged Tom Hardy’s Body

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.”

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