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Tom Hardy On How He Approached The Sexuality of the Kray Twins In ‘Legend’

Tom Hardy On How He Approached The Sexuality of the Kray Twins In 'Legend'

One of the many major films that made their world premieres at Venice or Telluride this past week was Brian Helgeland’s “Legend,” which finds Tom Hardy starring as both of the Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie — gangsters who terrorized London in the 1950s and 1960s. Ronnie was at the very least openly bisexual, and the film thankfully didn’t hide that fact. At one point in the film he says to a bunch of American gangsters: “I prefer boys. Italian. Sometimes Greek, but I’m not prejudiced.”

Hardy gave an interview to the Gay Times about the roles, and when they asked him about how he approached the sexuality of the character, he said: “Do you know what? I didn’t even think about it, it’s just what it is. Ronnie was gay, so if I thought too much about that, it might give me a pause to think I had to do something different. Instead, I had to just get on with what I was doing.”

A lot of historians actually believe that both twins were gay, which Hardy acknowledged in the interview and said it actually made it much harder to play the allegedly straight Reggie:  “I think what was complicated was actually Reggie. Reggie was potentially like Ronnie, we don’t know whether he was gay or not. That aspect is questionable, so when approaching the role [of Reggie], that’s where I had to look at ‘Legend’ as its own separate entity within this entity.”

Read the whole interview here.

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