Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has explained why he decided to cover up Tom Hardy’s face again in Dunkirk after The Dark Knight Rises.
The Inception director and actor have reunited for the highly-acclaimed World War II drama, which hit theaters on July 21. The pair’s third reunion for Dunkirk once again features Hardy’s face being largely obscured on-screen due to his character’s air mask. It was similar to the time when the actor played the role of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
When Christopher Nolan was asked if the two costume choices were a coincidence, the director told Press Association, “I was pretty thrilled with what he did in The Dark Knight Rises with two eyes and a couple of eyebrows and a bit of forehead. So I thought, ‘Let’s see what he can do with no forehead, no real eyebrows, and maybe one eye.’
“Of course Tom, being Tom, what he does with single eye acting is far beyond what anyone else can do with their whole body, that is just the unique talent of the man, he’s extraordinary.”
But it’s not only Christopher Nolan, Hardy’s face was also covered up for the beginning parts of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and behind a scraggly beard in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant.
Nolan, who has been linked with directing a James Bond movie, has also backed Hardy to play the iconic spy.