"Tom is a big teddy bear. He's a larger-than-life character in real life. He's funny and fun to be around. He couldn't be a better dude."
Stewart worked on the film for six months, filming in the United Kingdom, Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles. He said things on set were very hush-hush.
"The shoot was so incredibly secretive. We all had to sign these crazy confidentially agreements."
He noted, "I was only given a portion of the script to read in my trailer in the U.K., and then I had to give it back. My character wasn't even in the script I read."
His character has no name. In the credits, he's billed as "Bane's mercenary." The designation of his role as Bane's right-hand man is unofficial, but he'll take it.
"If that's what you take from that, I'll go right along with it," he said with a laugh.
Stewart is the son of Diana residents Reggie, a retired schoolteacher, and Marjorie, who is still teaching. His first big acting break came in 2004 when he landed the role of Officer Brendan Finney on the TV series "Third Watch."
In 2007, he had a starring role in the FX series "Dirt," playing Holt McLaren, a once-promising actor determined to get his career back on track. He's also starred in the independent film "Lenexa, 1 Mile," the horror film "The Collector" and he had a role in David Fincher's Oscar-winning "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
And "The Dark Knight Rises" isn't his first superhero role. He played The Watcher in ABC's short-lived drama "No Ordinary Family," with Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz. When asked what superpower he would want if he could have one, he pointed to that show.
"Telekinesis. I had that on 'No Ordinary Family.' Everybody thought that was the coolest [power], and I'd have to agree with them."
Besides "Event 15," Stewart's other upcoming projects include "The Collection" (a sequel to "The Collector") and "The Big Valley," (based on the 1960s TV series), both due out later this year. He'll also surely pop up sometime next season on CBS' "Criminal Minds" since in this spring's season finale, his character, Detective Will LaMontagne, married JJ, the BAU agent played by A.J. Cook.
"There's no plan set in stone [for the future]," he said, "but I always end up popping in to do a few episodes."
Plus, there will be a Batman reboot at some point. Warner Brothers has already said as much. Maybe there will be room for a seasoned villain in that.
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