Tom Hardy's Bane body double answers whether actor 'is a d**k' after admitting he wasn't his favourite person on set
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Tom Hardy's Bane body double has answered the question as to whether the actor 'is a d**k' after admitting he wasn't his favourite person on set.
Perhaps one of the biggest roles in Collins' filmography which was filmed over the course of half a year and in that time it's clear he's gathered some important intel on the star behind the iconic Batman supervillain.
Speaking on an episode of the On a Mission podcast, Collins revealed what it was really like to work with the Batman star as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
Recalling the moment he landed the gig, Collins told host Ellie McKay what he felt after being told he had been successful in his audition for 'the biggest movie in the world'.
He remembered the casting agent telling him: "It's the biggest movie on Earth with the biggest budget a movie has ever had, with the biggest director in the world at the moment and the world's greatest cast of actors," yet she couldn't reveal the title of the flick until later.
Talk about a big break.
"She said, 'Our lead actor needs a body double. And we've been looking for a body double for him for about six months. And you've just walked in," Collins continued.
Apparently, his physical dimensions were 'exactly the same' as the leading actor's, even 'down to the last millimetre'.
It was only after speaking to the producer that Collins was informed he was going to be the 'body double for Tom Hardy as Bane in Batman for the next six months'.
Looking back at his very first day on set, the body double remembered just how starstruck he was upon seeing all the fellow A-listers under one big roof.
"There's Christian Bale, there's Tom Hardy, there's Chris Nolan, there's Michael Caine, there's Morgan Freeman, there's Anne Hathaway, there's Joseph Gordon Levitt," he told the host.
When McKay asked Collins what Hardy was like behind the cameras, he claimed the Peaky Blinders star was 'really unpredictable'.
He continued: "I think the expectation would be for me to be like 'He's brilliant, amazing, like, the greatest guy'.
"He wasn't my favourite person on set. Not to mean I didn't enjoy being around him. But he wasn't, out of everyone on set, it's not like he's the one I warmed to the most," the body double added.
The host then decided to cut the 'diplomacy' and ask Collins the real questions everyone wants the answer to.
Straight up and without further ado, she asked him: "Was Tom Hardy a d**k?"
Collins replied: "No, he wasn't a d**k in any way. I promise."
However, the Bane body double remembered the so-called 'prickly' demeanour that Hardy apparently would occasionally give off.
"There were days where, like, we'd have like a really warm conversation. And it'd be really, really, really loving and like, happy to talk.
"And then [...] there are other days where it was prickly. It was very prickly. And I thought, 'I won't say anymore. I'll go and talk to someone or go and talk to Morgan Freeman instead'."
Not a bad second choice for a cheeky chat at all.
With that said, however, Collins maintains that his time on set was 'still the best six months ever' after 'spending six months every day with [his] heroes'.