From Siberia to the Congo, Tom Hardy is hard man to pin down. 


The 34-year-old, who plays the villain Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," recently jetted off to the African rain forest for a new two-part ITV documentary called "Tom Hardy's Congo Adventure."


According to reports, the filmmakers will follow Hardy as he ventures deep into the rain forest — visiting locals, traversing the world's deepest river, and surviving in extreme conditions.


A show insider said: “This is going to be a tough expedition. It won’t be some five-star jolly. We want to get to the heart of the Congo and understand the region. Maybe he should bring Bane’s mask to scare away some of the local wildlife.”


That Hardy would undertake this adventure is not surprising. Back in February, he decided to drive across Siberia (a 4,000-mile journey) to help raise money for the homeless charity FLACK. This past June, he also ventured into war-torn Afghanistan as part of research for a new military film he's involved with. 


“In my line of work it’s very important to do the right kind of research,” Hardy said. “Part of that is endeavouring to immerse oneself in areas and cultures that are off the beaten track to the most civilians.


Hardy's rain forest adventure documentary is expected to air in the UK in May 2013.


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Tom Hardy filming rain forest survival doc
'Dark Knight Rises' star currently in the Congo filming the adventure documentary for UK television.