Tom Hardy admits the mask he has to wear on 'The Dark Knight Rises' is so restrictive he cannot hear any of his fellow actors.
The 'Inception' actor is portraying villainous Bane in the forthcoming Christopher Nolan-directed Batman movie, and the facial mask he must wear has restricted his hearing, leading to Christian Bale - who plays the Caped Crusader - having to tip him off when he needs to say a line.
He said: "Any time you put something on your face, you're going to adopt a personality and a physicality that has nothing to do with acting.
"It allows a performance to be free. The only downside is you can't hear a f**king word anyone is saying. Batman can't hear me and he can't see me speaking so we sort of stand there looking at each other for a while. We've been doing hand signals! I put my thumbs up when I finish my lines or I wink. And he sort of wiggles his fingers out of shot and I go, 'OK, now I've got to run up and kick you in the b******s!' "
However, the 33-year-old hunk admits it was not a difficult decision for him to play the bad guy, and instantly said yes when he was asked by Christopher.
He told Total Film magazine: "I remember saying, 'Hang on a minute, you're asking me to come around the world with you, playing a villain in a Batman movie, and the only downside is I have to wear a mask? Hmm. Let me think. I'll get back to you. No! I'm f**king there man! Anything you need.' "