“Bane quintessentially is Latinx… of origin, and I’m not. So I seemed on the idea of Latin and located a personality, a gentleman, a person known as Bartley Gorman, who’s a Romani gypsy, the King of the Gypsies, in inverted commas, a bare-knuckle fighter…”
Coming from a protracted line of fighters, Gorman was additionally a distant relative of world heavyweight champ Tyson Fury. His profession was far much less glitzy; Gorman began preventing on the age of 10 and was duty-bound by Traveller custom to tackle any challengers, slugging it out with different hardmen in quarries, campsites, pubs, and even down a mineshaft. He remained undefeated till his retirement over 40 years later and claimed he by no means fought a daily bloke as a result of he might kill them with one punch. Famous opponents included “The Guv’nor” Lenny McLean, the unlicensed brawler and underworld enforcer who made a memorable impression as Barry the Baptist in “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels,” and he sparred with Muhammad Ali when the boxing legend visited Birmingham in 1983.
With this type of background, it is easy to see why Hardy was drawn to Gorman; he appears to gravitate towards robust nuts who’ve grow to be a part of modern-day British folklore by their exploits. Having already performed the infamous prisoner Charles Bronson and the Kray Twins in “Legend,” Hardy channeled yet one more larger-than-life rogue into his characterization of Bane.