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Batman villain Bane’s voice ‘based on Irish Traveller’

Actor Tom Hardy said he was inspired by the self-styled ‘King of the Gypsies’ for his voice in The Dark Knight Rises.

Bane is the guy on the left...
Bane is the guy on the left...
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THE VOICE OF the villain in the new Batman movie is based on that of an Irish Traveller, according to the actor who plays him.

In Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy plays Bane, a mysterious leader who wants to destroy Gotham City, and whose face is covered by a sinister mask.

There has been much speculation over the character’s voice – with reports earlier this year that it was too difficult for audiences to understand and may have been tweaked in post-production.

Asked who inspired the villain’s voice, Hardy named Bartley Gorman, a Traveller who called himself the “king of the gypsies” and was celebrated as the bare-knuckle boxing champion of Britain and Ireland. The actor told New York Magazine:

It’s based on a guy named Bartley Gorman. He’s the king of the gypsies, and he’s a boxer, a bare-knuckle boxer, an Irish traveller.

According to his 2002 obituary in the Telegraph, Gorman’s mother was Irish although he lived in the UK.

You can hear Gorman’s accent in this video:

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