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Tom Hardy, Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan Talk 'Dark Knight Rises'

As we close in on just over two months until the final Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, arrives in theaters, the marketing push continues to grow with a Tumbler Tour and the stars opening up about the film.

In the latest issue of Total Film, we not only get a new look at Bane, but Tom Hardy, who plays the villainous character, talks about bulking up and wearing the gnarly mask.

"It's not as bad as you might think. You just put it on. Work out where your drool goes. That's it. Mask work is good fun. This one wasn't painful; there was a stunt mask and there was the up-close one for sexy glam shots," Hardy says.

Bane is known for being the character that breaks Batman's back in the comics. Whether Nolan has incorporated that into this latest film remains to be seen, but Hardy certainly bulked up for the role. He attributes it to "eating entire villages of chickens."

"When I started, I was about 160-something pounds. When I was done, I was 190. You lift weights. You eat. You lift some more weights. You don't run anywhere because if you do cardio, you drop weight. So it's really good for heart attacks!"

Bale concurs saying, "I would say that in terms of brutality, this one exceeds the last one. This is the first episode that Batman's ever physically been taken. Bane is a brute."

Meanwhile Nolan talks about meeting the expectations set from his previous two films, including the $1 billion+ blockbuster The Dark Knight.

"I think we found a way to expand on what we've done before while taking the audience some places they're not really expecting."

One of those places will be examining the emotions of Bruce Wayne.

"[Pain] is constant throughout. But I think it's more about him feeling the consequences of a life that's entirely directed by pain, and holding onto that pain and just how long he can do that," Bale said. "It's about making the decision to continue [being Batman] in order to maybe self-destruct, or whether he can find some kind of rebirth to be himself. There's a certain amount of reflection."

The Dark Knight Rises arrives in theaters July 20. Click the image for a larger version.

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