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Actor: Tom Hardy

“Edward Thomas “Tom” Hardy is an English actor. He made his debut in the war film Black Hawk Down”

Latest Project: Legend

A film about Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1950s and 1960s.

Kray vs Kray: Movie hard man Tom Hardy tackles his toughest ever fight - against himself

He may be the hard man of British cinema, but Tom Hardy has finally met his match on-screen.

His latest film sees the Mad Max star brutally beaten up – after getting into a fight with himself.

For the 37-year-old plays both Reggie and Ronnie Kray in the British gangster flick Legend. Our exclusive pictures reveal the jaw-dropping fight sequence, which required numerous technological tricks.

The brawl takes place in a London nightclub, and is just one of several scenes in which the brothers interact with each other on-screen.

Hardy and his stunt double Jacob Tomuri took it in turns to play both roles for the punch-up, which took five days to shoot.

Tim Bevan, the film’s producer, said: ‘In that scene every single trick that one could possibly use is being used. There are stunt doubles, there will be some split screen, there will be some motion control, and there will be some face replacement technology, it’s a very, very technical scene indeed.’

And it seems Hardy – who is famous for doing most of his own stunts – suffered for his art.

Stunt co-ordinator Julian Spencer said: ‘I told Tom and his double that I really wanted them to land these hits. All of the facial hits were real. They weren’t exactly punches but they were good banging slaps.

‘They both ended up with bloody noses, cauliflower ears and black eyes.’ Legend, which is directed by Oscar winner Brian Helgeland, is the first film about the Kray twins since 1990.

Mr Bevan said he was initially worried that audiences would not be interested in another take on the story, but said he was convinced by Hardy’s insistence on playing both lead roles.

‘Tom worked out different make-up for both of them,’ he said. ‘He pre-recorded the lines of which ever one he was playing against. He then had them played back in his ear.’ In the movie, Reggie is portrayed as a ‘gangster prince’ – a smooth-talking heartthrob irresistible to women.

By contrast, Ronnie is played as a psychopath who is unable to control his violent tendencies and likes nothing more than a ‘shoot-out’. ‘Tom wanted a distinction between the two characters,’ Mr Bevan added. (+)

Legend, which co-stars Christopher Eccleston and Colin Morgan, will be released on September 9.

I know calling Owen ‘Scarface’ was probably just in reference to those burns, but it’s funny in an ironic way if you (are me) remember your dialogue from the extended edition.

So basically there’s this old American gangster called Al Capone who I know zilch about, BUT, according to Wiki, one of his nicknames or something was actually Scarface (and I know there’s a movie made about him with whatshisface as the guy but I’ve never seen it.)

And the ironic (funny to me) part is Deckard sits in that hospital room in F7 with Owen on life support and sits there saying “I thought playing the gangster would make you harder, smarter, better”

So basically I have a stupid sense of humour and Owen Shaw is also canonically a slightly on the burnt side of well done wannabe British gangster soldier.

Legend Costume Designer Caroline Harris: ‘I didn’t Want To Steal The Real Frances Kray’s Wedding Dress From Her’

There’s a new British gangster biopic in town and it stars our favourite character actor Tom Hardy, not once, but twice, as he takes on the roles of both Kray twins.

The film – Legend – also showcases a rising star that we’ve been watching with intrigue for some time over here on the Yahoo Style desk, not least because of her addictive Instagram account.

Emily Browning, a 26-year-old Melbourne born actress with amazing doe eyes and a deeply interesting look takes on the role of Frances, wife to the slightly less demonic Kray, Reggie.

In the lead up to today’s release, we sat down with Legend’s costume designer Caroline Harris, who’s job it was to turn take us, visually, on a journey through the glittering 60s, popping in and out of the cabaret bars and deep into the heart of the gangster underworld.

With some incredible notches on her professional bedpost – A Knight’s Tale,Repo Men, Fleming - Caroline was in a great position to cast her eye over the Legend script. Here she tells us everything from how the job landed on her doorstep, to what it was like trying to turn Tom Hardy into two different people:

So Caroline, You’ve already worked on some amazing dramas. But was it daunting to work on a film like Legend?

No, I wasn’t daunted I was excited. It’s was nice to be at home [London] whilst working. The film was 20th century so I knew I had the option to buy and scavenge around vintage shops, as you can still find late 50s and 60s items to use to be able to create the clothing for the film.

So how did the collaboration come about?

I’ve worked with the director before a long while ago on a film called A Knights Tale.  I also worked with him in the U.S on a film called 42 - a baseball film set in 1942, which actually was more daunting as I knew nothing of the language of baseball.

Were you nervous creating the visual concept for such an infamous period of British history?


Yes, that was more daunting, as people often have very fixed ideas of what the 60s was, which they base on other films set in that period, as opposed those that were made within it. It’s a telling of a world that still had one foot in the 1950s, it was apparent that the boys had an appetite for glamour, film stars and to be around the vibrancy of that. I tried to do my best to show it wasn’t just the ‘swinging 60s’ - that was more high-end and later on in the period.

You mentioned you looked at various imagery of the Krays for inspiration, did you look elsewhere i.e celebrities or any other gangsters of the time?

To further make sense of the cut of suit, I found very similar ones on French film stars. Jean Paul Belmondo wore a very similar cut, so watching his films helped me understand it more, as a photo is only one view.

How much influence did Tom Hardy and Emily Browning have on their costumes?

Actors always have plenty of input. Just by their very presence, they just exude input even when they’re not articulating it. It just can’t be helped. You just have to work the actor out. I wouldn’t dress them in something they wouldn’t want to wear; it’s pointless to have visual ideas and then to try to just slap them on people. Getting inspiration from the actor comes naturally.

How did you differentiate between the two characters Tom Hardy played; was it subtle changes or big differences and did you enjoy the challenge?

Simply put, Reg wore a single-breasted jacket, which left his chest area open and gave the impression of a much cleaner cut and Ron wore a three piece double-breasted suit which covered him more, so immediately the chest and shoulders of both characters look very different. Tom can just transform his body though; he can just breath a new shape into it - he’s a very physical performer. The challenge was great fun.

The film had quite a tight budget and schedule, how long did you have to research and prepare all the costumes? 

I think I had eight or nine weeks. The thing is the actors tend to appear three weeks before we’re due to start filming, so there’s a little island of a few great weeks of gathering and researching, researching to the extent that I could just go to a vintage market and scan the room and know exactly what I wanted. I bought a lot of stuff mainly for the fabrics, including bridesmaids’ dresses which I just chopped up for the details. Some of Emily’s dresses started out really wide but had beautiful details so we just took them back to the workshop and adjusted them.

Emily mentioned in our interview with her that her favourite costume was her wedding dress. She mentioned that it fitted like a glove, how many fittings did that take?

We actually made quite a few pieces for Emily to get the final fit. I had an excellent Italian tailor and amazing team of people. Emily is also an amazing person to fit as she has the patience to stand, whereas some actors just can’t stand still. If they can’t stand still its fine, we end up doing long distance fittings instead.


Was the wedding dress based on the real Frances’ dress, or did you get inspiration from elsewhere?

The real dress was beautiful, but I didn’t want to feel intrusive and steal that from the real Frances. That was a happy day for her and I didn’t want to recreate that because of everything else we recreated, so i went completely different. But it was purely, almost sort of superstition, it just felt invasive as it must of meant a lot to her.


So finally any favourite costumes from the film?

There was a black dress that Emily wears towards the end of the film, originally that dress was enormous. We reached the end of the day at a fitting, we had tried lots of dresses on Emily and we pulled it out as a wildcard, we put it on her and immediately realised the potential of it and took it straight to the work room for alterations. So I’m particularity fond of that

Watch our interview with Emily Browning below:

i think i’ve said this before but now the movie with tom hardy playing the krays is coming out i’d like to mention that my nan was once a probation officer for one of the krays’ men and he used to say things like “anyone troublin’ you, darling, just give me the name and i’ll sort it out” and wink so yeah my nan was actually repeatedly offered illegal favours by a british gangster

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So I’m a nursing assistant now, which means I’ve gone through lots and lots of training about safety, emergencies, and other health care stuff.  The one thing that really surprised me was how only one person in my class knew anything about CPR, and yet when we did it, it was so simple it was astonishing.  Stuff like actual mouth-to-mouth or doing it on infants is more complex, granted, but when are you actually going to need to do any of that?  Probably never.  But if you run into an adult that has no pulse, it’s not that complicated to help keep their brain alive, so everyone really should take a few minutes out of their lives to learn this.  

It’s like learning to put pressure on a profusely bleeding wound, don’t move someone with a potential spinal injury, or that disinfecting a cut is good first aid.  If something goes down, you don’t want to be that guy freaking out with flappy arms that has no idea what to do.

This instructional video by a British movie gangster will teach you everything you need to know about CPR just in case.  Really.