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Tom Hardy Discusses Inspiration for Bane’s Voice in TDKR

For those that have seen The Dark Knight Rises, which if you haven’t at this point cut off your own balls and burn your man card, one of the biggest areas of discussion is Bane’s voice.  There are varying opinions among fans and critics alike on whether or not it worked with Bane’s character.  Personally, I had no issues understanding Bane’s voice after the first few exchanges in the movie and it actually grew on me the longer the movie went on.

So where did the inspiration for Bane’s voice come from?  According to Tom Hardy while speaking with Vulture on the red carpet premier, he reveals that it was based on a guy by the name of Bartley Gorman.  Hardy said of Gorman, “He’s the king of the gypsies, and he’s a boxer, a bare-knuckle boxer, an Irish traveler, a gypsy.”   Hardy likely first came across Gorman while doing research on his role as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter in his movie Warrior.

So for those of you out there in EB Nation that are unfamiliar with Gorman like I was, below is a rather lengthy clip from the documentary King of the Gypsies, which gives you a look at the inspiration for Bane’s voice in action.  You’ve been thinking WTF…

King of the Gypsies (1995)

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