"I dropped a bomb. I was talking with Chris Nolan and said, ‘I have a voice for Bane.’ He said, ‘Okay.’ I said, ‘It’s based on something I saw on YouTube.’ He said, ‘Okay.’ I said, ‘It’s the voice of a Romany bare-knuckle fighter named Bartley Gorman.’ He said, ‘Okay.’ And then I did the voice."
He never had to try anything else. “At first, I responded with a great deal of trepidation, because like everything else that comes from Tom, it’s off the beaten track,” says Christopher Nolan. “Then I became massively excited, because when you work with a great actor—and Tom is one of the greatest—you start to understand that they’ve found something. It just becomes part of the character. It’s something that you’re never going to be able to take away from the character. It’s not really a matter of having an opinion about it—it just is. Okay, that’s Bane.”
— Excerpt of Tom Hardy interview in the May issue of Esquire magazine
Tom Hardy - Bane TDKR screen test [1/2]
So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamoring over each other to stay in the sun. You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra’s al Ghul’s destiny. We will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die.
What are you? I’m Gotham’s reckoning. Here to end the borrowed time you’ve all been living on. You’re pure evil.
"Oh, you think darkness is your ally.
But you merely adopted the dark;
I was born in it, moulded by it.
I didn't see the light until I was already a man,
by then it was nothing to me but blinding!"