Tom Hardy plays not one but two gangsters in the true-crime movie Legend. The actor delivers a dual performance as the notorious twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, who were behind much of London's organized crime during the 1960s.
As is often the case with high-profile mobsters, their lives had glamorous aspects, such as mingling with popular celebrities like Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra.
The reign of terror masterminded by this two-man mafia came to an end when they were arrested in 1968. Both were sentenced to life in prison, but Ronnie, diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, remained in Broadmoor Hospital until he died in 1995. His brother Reginald was released from prison in 2000 and died from cancer a few months later.
The picture co-stars Emily Browning (Magic Mike) as Reggie's wife Frances Shea, who comes between the two brothers when Ronnie realizes she knows too much about their business dealings. Also featured are Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World), Taron Egerto (Kingsman the Secret Service), Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones), Chazz Palminteri (Rizzoli & Isles) and David Thewlis (The Theory of Everything).
The thriller was written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Brian Helgeland, who is best known for his popular crime flicks such as Mystic River and L.A. Confidential.
Legend is expected to hit theaters on Oct. 2.
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