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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 17, 2012 at 12:41 PM

And, about that Bane voice . . .

Those of us following the saga of “The Dark Knight Rises” know that Christopher Nolan had to do some audio tweaking to the voice of villain Bane, played by Tom Hardy, when early audiences of the six-minute IMAX preview found his voice difficult to understand. Apparently that’s all fixed now, but Bane’s voice is still rather distinctive. Vulture.com, bless them, caught up with Hardy this week and asked him what the inspiration was for Bane’s voice. It is Bartley Gorman, described by Hardy as “He’s the king of the gypsies, and he’s a boxer, a bare-knuckle boxer, an Irish traveler, a gypsy.” You can watch a video featuring Gorman, for compare-and-contrast purposes, here:

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