September 19, 2011 12:00 PM


Best known as part of the dream-cracking crew in 2010’s Inception, the 34-year-old British actor brings a swaggering intensity onscreen—and packs a punch in Warrior, for which he gained 30 lbs. of muscle. “I’m always looking for a transformation in a part,” he says. “I had fun smashing everything.” Next, he’ll battle Batman as villain Bane in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Success, he says, “might not last longer than a gnat’s fart. But I’m grateful.”

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