Tom Hardy compares Dark Knight Rises to Starbucks

Bane thinks working on big pictures is like serving coffee...

Hardy, who plays villain Bane in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming TheDark Knight Rises, has compared working on the film to working in Starbucks.

'These movies are huge vehicles to make a lot of money… and make a large audience happy. So now you’re at the very top level of trying to bring character work in a boutique way to something that is, you know, Starbucks,’ he said.

It sounds like Hardy might be hankering after more indie roles such as Bronson, but The Dark Knight Rises, and Mad Max: Fury Road are still far from complete.

He said of Warrior, his new, comparatively low budget MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) drama, it, ‘is like the top end of creating something out of nothing,’ unlike Mad Max then, which he likens to working in an airport duty free.

“You deal with something like Dark Knight – or ‘Mad Max,’ or ‘Superman’ or ‘Spider-man,’ whatever – it’s like going to work in an airport and going, ‘Hi I’m over here!’ and then everybody goes ‘Oh here’s that, that’s the villain of the piece.’ Then it’s a thousand people going to Duty-Free. Like, [shouting] ‘I AM THE VILLAIN!’ and make a lot of noise.

"There’s a formula here, you can’t muck around with it. There’s a lot of rules, you’re restrained in many ways as an artist. But then you’re also grateful because of the huge exposure and the paycheck."

While we’re not adverse to some Starbucks action here at TF, we’re sincerely hoping that The Dark Knight Rises makes us a great deal happier than a nice Americano.

 

Starbucks or mega-bucks movie set, where would you rather work? Can you see what he’s getting at? Let us know below...

Comments

    • Krooshlash

      Jul 27th 2011, 16:39

      Oh no, troubled artist can't flex his talent, his "craft". I really hate when actors talk complete bollocks, as Hardy does here. It barely even makes sense, it's rambling nonsense. If he has a problem with these roles which he probably feels are beneath him, then don't accept the bloody role.

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    • FBJLittler

      Jul 27th 2011, 17:10

      I like Tom Hardy, but what the f**k is he going on about. Shut up until the trailer comes out. PS. Please don't track me down and kill me.

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    • pulpfiction

      Jul 27th 2011, 19:32

      this makes no f*****g sense

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    • pulpfiction

      Jul 27th 2011, 19:32

      this makes no f*****g sense

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    • DanRose

      Jul 28th 2011, 0:40

      I too love the Hardy, He is pretty awesome in pretty much everything, but please don't start turning into a pretentious w****r.. we all know how you ex-junkies like too preach... how about appreciating what you'you do and what you are creating... especially as the Rises could make history...

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Jul 28th 2011, 6:06

      Tom, Tom, Tom... stop being a t**t.

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    • BennettsVest

      Jul 28th 2011, 9:55

      Ooh, hipster actor alert. I can see this being quoted endlessly in the Guardian. Yes Tom, there is a formula there, you can't muck around with it. There's a lot of rules and you are restrained in many ways as an artist. In much the same way as you would be doing Shakespeare, or any established literary character. But because it's 'only' a comic book movie, it's fair game for this elitist nonsense. Maybe he secretly wants to work in Starbucks, after all, if he stuck to doing low budget Indies that very few people actually paid to see, he'd need the second job.

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    • writerdave87

      Jul 28th 2011, 10:01

      I thought that made sense actually- he's saying with a lower budget film without history or a franchise he's free to do whatever he wants, but with a film with a massive franchise behind it like Mad Max or Rises they're tentpole films where he's not going to be able to bring as much subtlety and improvisation to the role as the characters are already known and people expect things from them.

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    • trist808

      Jul 28th 2011, 11:03

      Heath Ledger managed to bring subtlety and improvisation to the very much more established role of The Joker, so why can't Hardy do the same? I don't understand what he's on about, surely he should recognise that if anything, the role of Bane allows him more freedom than other roles BECAUSE it's a comic book character and he can explore all kinds of avenues. He's best known for Bronson, and he was / is a real living person that the character was based on, not a fictional one, so if anything the Bronson role had more conformity to it, because Hardy couldn't do anything outside of how Mr Bronson would act. If anything he's less constrained in the Bane role ... again look at Ledger's performance, totally The Joker, yet unique compared to Nicholson & Romero ... lighten up Hardy, no one likes a stuck up actor talking stuck up actorly s**t ... and stop drinking so much f*****g coffee, maybe then you'll think straight before opening trap! P.S. Please don't track me down and kill me :)

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jul 28th 2011, 11:35

      Is he not talking about Battlestar Galactica? Either way he's starting to sound like a whiney actor s**te. If you don't want to do the job do something else. a*s

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    • DanRose

      Jul 28th 2011, 17:37

      @writerdave... what he says does make sense for sure... that is unfortunately the problem.... he's starting to sound a little like a dick... ooh these big budget movies, they are so conforming and restricting... not always Hardy, the Ledger example was perfect in that sense... anyways I'll forgive him this once as he is an awesome actor and hard as nails and would probably snap my arm like a twix

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    • sheppy67

      Jul 28th 2011, 18:53

      I'm sorry your feelings are hurt Tommy but nobody is forcing you to take these roles. Quit whining like a little bi.......

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    • Siban1982

      Jul 28th 2011, 22:19

      I'm not an actor, I don't have his level of fame so I haven't a clue how he feels or what he has to deal with. Might be issues with other actors, producers or directors, we don't know and he's certainly not going to bad mouth anyone specific. I understand what he's saying, obviously frustrated as an actor. Bit of a shame as it sounds like he will be doing more indie type films come the future (not a bad thing) with a nod here and there to something big and something that pays. It's a shame because he could easily be a leading man in Hollywood but then a lot of pap can come from doing that, maybe that's what he's concerned about and if so, he seems like a smart chap to me to stay away from that s**t before he gets too tied down by it and type cast.

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