press junket 2012

From an interview in Washington Post:

Hardy first caught Knight’s (and most of the country’s) attention as Eames, the quick-witted forger with a biting sense of humor in the 2010 sci-fi thriller “Inception,” which starred Leonardo DiCaprio. “I was terrified because it was Leo. You can’t battle against somebody like that for screen time,” Hardy recalls. “I thought, I’m just going to give him whatever he needs, and it took a lot of a load off.” He learned that the more an actor gives of himself to other actors and the audience, the better he looks. He extrapolates that thought to life itself. “The more generous a person is in any environment, the more there is to be received.”

Hardy puffs an e-cigarette as he speaks, while sporting a T-shirt that exposes his several tattoos. He also regularly flashes a boyish grin, and he draws on this duality of hard and soft to craft characters that are difficult to ignore. “There’s no particular formula or process for me. I do like to mix some ‘Taxi Driver’ with Disney World,” the 36-year-old English actor says of his process. He has particular disdain for the word “thespian,” and the idea of method acting bores him, though he is known to deeply inhabit some of his roles.

During a press junket for 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” Hardy remembers slipping into his villainous character of Bane to respond to an inane question about whether he could play a character with both intellectual and thuggish qualities. “All I can think right now, all I hear is you calling me an idiot,” he says, re-enacting the encounter in his regally British Bane accent. “I want to come across the table, grab you by the throat, and throw you through the f—— window, but I’m not going to do it, and I think that answers your question.” It was a brilliant and sharp retort, albeit one the actor ended up apologizing for.

“That’s the thing, though, when you ask someone to have no skin and be an ambassador as well,” he says of that moment. “In acting, nothing’s sacred. You say and think whatever, but when it comes to interviews, it’s like ‘Let’s just talk like how we should sound.’ ”