"He had to make himself huge for the role."
1. “When we were doing costume fittings for Bane, for example, he’d come in — and this is before he had put on much of the bulk — he would walk in and he’d look quite slim and slender…then he would hold his body in a different way and sort of stick his gut out, do something with his shoulders and suddenly you’d see exactly what it is he’s going to do.” - Emma Thomas, producer (source: DVD extras)
2. Chris and [Tom] talked about the fact that he didn’t really want Bane to be, you know, a Mr Universe, to have this beautiful body. He wanted him to look like a big, tough — almost like a circus strongman. And that’s what his body looks like. You don’t want to get near that body.” - Charles Roven, producer (source: DVD extras)
3. “He had to make himself huge for the role. He learned how to do all of this fighting with Christian Bale, both of them wearing these crazy outfits where they could barely breathe. In Tom’s case, with this mask over his face, very tough to breathe, very hot, working in some very challenging environments.” - Christopher Nolan (x)
4. Q: Can you tell us what it’s like to wear the costume?
TH: Hot. It’s very, very, very hot. Yeah. We’re all getting very hot. You think about the lads that are out in Afghanistan and Baghdad, and you think about the kit they have to wear, well then it’s actually not that bad, is it? But it is hot. It’s hard to breathe.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about when you first put it on, and working with the costume department to get it right?
TH: You just put it on, you know? [Laughs] And then it’s on, and it’s hard to breathe. I can’t hear anyone, and no one can see me speak. So there you go. [Laughs] And the magic begins.
Q: Do you find yourself having to speak bigger with your arms or your eyes, things like that?
TH: I can’t talk about magic. (x)