In the forthcoming edition of Entertainment Weekly, Tom Hardy gets deep on his dedication to Christopher Nolan, his creative aim in The Dark Knight Rises, that damned voice problem, and the dangerous gamble that they’re taking on the villainous Bane.

“It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at—or it could be very fresh and exciting,” says Hardy.

As for the voice, he calls for patience – noting that with the benefit of time in the context of the movie will let the audience acclimate to the grumbling sound. It’ll no doubt be a fascinating interview, one that exactly zero people will have to be goaded into reading, but it’s more interesting that the star of one of the most anticipated movies of the year, an inevitable blockbuster that will add even more hundreds of millions of dollars to a billion-dollar franchise, is having to defend and explain substantive creative choices.

It’s refreshing actually. This isn’t the same plastic, obvious, big-scale, two-hour commercial for toys; it’s a giant experiment in storytelling (that, granted, has the benefit of a giant safety net earned by past performance). Hopefully Nolan didn’t ask Hardy to wear a bag over his head for nothing.

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