Actor Tom Hardy appeared on tonight’s Alan Carr: Chatty Man TV show in the UK where he spoke about his role in the soon-to-be-shooting, and the movie-that-I-am-most excited-about The Dark Knight Rises for Christopher Nolan.

While not revealing a lot, Hardy did briefly touch on the physical shape that he would have to get in for his character of the villainous Bane. “We shoot in May, and I’ve got to go back up to 13 – 14 stone, and I am 12 1/2 now. So, I’ve got to bulk up.”

Hardy famously ‘bulked up’ for his break-out role Bronson (see above), so will he adopt a similar shape for the character in Nolan’s Batman sequel?

We’ll see… Hardy also touched upon talk a potential sequel to Inception, which I am sure that Warner Brothers would almost certainly want because of the collossal financial success of the original. Whether Nolan will want one is another thing entirely.

“We all signed a sequel deal… I don’t know it they’ll make one but…” Hardy added on the chat show. Now, actors pretty much sign sequel deals to most big-budget movies like Inception these days, and the remark was made in passing on the show, so take from that what you will… Personally, I think that a sequel is very, very unlikely…

Updated: We have posted video from the show, which was uploaded to YouTube by an avid fan. Check it out before it disappears.