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Back when The Dark Knight Rises was a legend in the making, Tom Hardy didn't have the easiest ride.
The star portrayed the villain Bane in the 2012 box office hit, and while it is one of his most defining roles, it didn't come without consequences.
In a recent tweet, Film Facts reminded us that Tom cried after reading comments criticising his appearance in the Christopher Nolan-directed superhero film.
The original comments were made in an interview with CineMovie, where the award-winning actor said: "I'm at 190. [lbs] Bat-fans want me to be over 220lbs. 400lbs. I'm like dude!
"Batman is like Superman, Spider-Man - he belongs to so many people. So many people love him. He belongs to them, and when you step into that kind of character, you are going to fail. And be judged.
"I'm human, and I do read things. I read the comments, and I cry. I can't cry for everybody. I just give them a job, and be the best that I can be. Just trust me. I trust Nolan."
And he was right to trust Nolan - despite the negative comments, Mr Hardy smashed it in the role.
That said, it's easy to see why he took the comments badly - he put so much into his transformation that it ended up damaging his body.
Anyone who's seen The Dark Knight Rises will have noticed Bane's massive guns. And that's because Tom put on a whopping 42 pounds of muscle and fat in three short months to perfect the look.
The result? One of the most physically dominating villains of all time - but it didn't come easy, with the star having to complete four workout sessions each day to prepare.
Talking to The Daily Beast in 2017, when he was getting ready to play Al Capone in Fonzo, he said that the Bane training came at a cost.
He said: "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!"
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