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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Double Your Pleasure with Tom Hardy's New Film

Posted by on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

  • Working Title / Studiocanal
  • Hardy as Reggie and Ronnie Kray
I've always had mixed feelings about stunt casting, but if you're gonna go that route, you might as well get Tom Hardy.

The one-man movie Locke works mostly because he's the guy doing the acting and reacting convincingly for 85 minutes straight (a good script doesn't hurt). Other voices materialize on the soundtrack, but Hardy's Locke is the only character on screen. Furthermore, twin actors can be hard to come by, so Hardy as the Kray twins represents a crazy idea that just might work—much as it did in David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers* with Jeremy Irons and Jim Jarmusch's "Cousins" with Cate Blanchett (from Coffee and Cigarettes).

* Irons may not have a twin, but Law & Order actress Jill Hennessy appears in the film with her identical twin sister, Jacqueline Hennessy, a journalist by trade.

Hungarian-born director Peter Medak previously directed brothers Gary and Martin Kemp in his stylish biopic The Krays, but it didn't make much of an impact in the US, where people are less familiar with the press-friendly British gangsters (same goes for Michael Caton-Jones's Scandal, which depicted the Profumo Affair).

Since that time, Medak has spent most of his time directing TV shows, like Carnivàle and Hannibal, while the Kemps returned to Spandau Ballet. Despite that soft-rock pedigree, they're actually pretty good at playing smooth-looking hard men, but Hardy definitely looks tougher. And buffer. So yeah: sign me up.

The Hardy film has a promising pedigree: Oscar-winning writer-director Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), will be adapting the script from John Pearson's The Profession of Violence, and the supporting cast includes Emily Browning, David Thewlis, and Christopher Eccleston. A release is scheduled for 2015.


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Did you mean JQualine Oshaghennsy?

Sorry, couldn't resist.
Posted by ortolan on June 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Oshaghennesy, rather. . .
Posted by ortolan on June 14, 2014 at 12:27 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 3
@2 Those Irish names all look alike (ha!).
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on June 14, 2014 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 4
After Locke, I have decided that Tom Hardy is one of the best actors alive right now. I liked him a lot before, but very few actors could hold a movie like that in what was essentially a solo performance in a car.

So at this point I'm prepared to watch almost anything he is in. Tom Hardy as twins just means twice as much Tom Hardy.

Sign me up.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on June 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM · Report this
Post_Mortem 5
The Krays was fascinating, though it definitely felt like its creative team expected viewers to be familiar with the basic story. Fine for England in the '90s, but slightly confusing for an American at any time. If this movie avoids that sort of already-in-the-know expectation, it could be really good.
Posted by Post_Mortem on June 14, 2014 at 9:44 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 6
@5 Agreed. Medak directed several films before The Krays, including The Ruling Class with Peter O'Toole, but very few afterwards. Makes me wonder if it was a "last straw" kind of thing, i.e. a difficult shoot, didn't perform as well as expected, etc.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on June 14, 2014 at 11:12 PM · Report this
pg13 7
Soft rock? Back in MY day, Spandau Ballet was fiercely at the forefront of the New Romantic movement..


(...also, Martin Kemp starred with Alyssa Milano in "Embrace of the Vampire"...which most men have seen parts of...)
Posted by pg13 on June 15, 2014 at 11:08 AM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 8
@7 In light of the music I was listening to from 1981-86--Gang of Four, Fall, etc.--Spandau Ballet were definitely soft. Suicide and Cabaret Voltaire were more my speed when it came to synth acts.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on June 15, 2014 at 7:36 PM · Report this
Reggie Kray, do you know my name? Oh, don't say you don't, please say you do, oh-ah, oh-oh...…
Posted by Ericacbarnett on June 16, 2014 at 2:10 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 10
@9 Love it!
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on June 21, 2014 at 9:12 AM · Report this

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