In Hollywood, actors are willing to go to extreme lengths to justify their roles including tough workouts and body transformations. Christian Bale is the first actor who comes to mind when we talk about extreme workouts. He lost a massive amount of kilos for his role in The Machinist and then started bulking up to play Batman in Batman Begins. A recent example would be Chris Pratt’s transformation from Parks and Recreation to playing Starlord in GOTG Vol. 1.
Tom Hardy was asked by two of his directors to buff up for his roles in The Dark Knight Rises and Warrior. He underwent a rigorous dieting and exercise routine that can cause significant long-term effects on the body, may even cause damage to the body.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Tom Hardy was asked about his extreme transformations in TDNR and Warrior and whether it took a toll on his body, he replied
“I think you pay the price with any drastic physical changes. It was alright when I was younger, but I think as you get into your 40s you have to be more mindful of the rapid training, packing on a lot of weight and getting physical, and then not having enough time to keep training because you’re busy filming, so your body is swimming in two different directions at the same time. I haven’t damaged my body, but I’m certainly a bit achier than I used to be! I certainly have joints that click that probably shouldn’t click, you know what I mean? And carrying my children is a little bit harder than it used to be—but don’t tell them!”
Despite all the suffering and hardships, Tom Hardy is willing to suffer for the sake of art, he has confirmed to play Al Capone in the upcoming movie Fonzo which will require a certain degree of body transformation, although not at the level of Bane.