2015 has been a year of opposites for Tom Hardy. He starred in the critically slammed box office bomb “Child 44,” and in the universally adored smash hit “Mad Max: Fury Road.” But if anything, Hardy is a man who likes to push his limits and he pulls double duty in the upcoming gangster drama “Legend.”
The actor plays twin British gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray who terrorized London in the 1950s and 1960s, and “L.A. Confidential” writer and “42” director Brian Helgeland shared with Yahoo his experience working with Hardy on the movie.
“He went, from hour to hour, he would be one or the other. There were exceptions, but he was usually Reggie during the first part of the day because it was the bigger part. Then many days Ron didn’t work at all,” he explained. “But if it was the two of them, Tom and I would rehearse in the morning and he’d read both parts and we’d work out blocking. He’d record Ron’s side of the dialogue, give it to sound guy who’d cut it together in a way he could fit his Reggie dialogue in between his Ron dialogue. Then he’d go off to hair and makeup and come back. He would wear an earpiece that no one could see. We would play Ron in his ear. His stunt man was his body double for Reggie and Ron so he could have someone in front of him to look at. Then we’d play back Reggie’s recording in his ear when he was playing Ron.”
Sounds like some involved work for Hardy, and you can see how it pays off in the trailer below. Co-starring Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Christopher Eccleston, Paul Anderson, David Thewlis, Chazz Palmenteri and Colin Morgan, “Legend” opens on October 2nd.