Tom Hardy star struck by Gary Oldman

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The third and final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman film series, The Dark Knight Rises is the sequel to 2008's The Dark Knight. Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne (Batman) while Gary Oldman, Sir Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman all return to play their respective characters as a terrorist leader called Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing its hero to breaking point and beyond. Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman.
August 21st, 2012

Tom Hardy couldn't stop staring at Gary Oldman when he first worked with him.

The actor - who is currently working with the 54-year-old star in epic gangster movie 'Lawless' - couldn't stop looking at his idol during the early stages of filming their first film together 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

He said: ''With 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' the first time I worked with Gary Oldman, I had to watch him because we had to re-shoot ... because my beard fell off while I was talking. Which is good because I spent my entire experience with Gary staring at him, and not returning any lines, because I think he's basically God, you know?

''The second time, on 'The Dark Knight Rises' as Bane, I was kind of playing God, so I kind of ignored him, kicked him a bit, that kind of thing. But Gary Oldman is one of my heroes, completely. I did nothing but gleam from him.''

The 34-year-old star joins a packed cast of other high profile actors including Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce in 'Lawless' - in which he plays bare-knuckle boxing bootlegger Forrest Bondurant - and he admits that he loved making the movie.

He told ''It was the bread and butter doing a film like this. It was a great time to train and workout at what we do, practise. The process of working on 'Lawless' was such a pleasure.''