By Erin Strecker
August 23, 2012 at 05:09 PM EDT

Bane won a modeling contest?

That’s the only conclusion I’m reaching from this vintage (1998) clip of Tom Hardy on U.K. show The Big Breakfast, where the actor competed in a male model competition and his random facts about himself were less “World Peace” and more “Gary Oldman is the greatest.”

If only the 21-year-old could know that a mere 13 years later he would be running around Gotham City with a mask, being chased down by his idol.

Did he win? Check out highlights –and yes, I’m talking ’90s style — below:

Serious question: What was “Tom from London” doing with his eyebrows at :50?

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