Some Tom Hardy love today. Apologies to all the DiCaprio-Hanks-Gosling-Depp-Denzel fans, but if we’re talking male actors in 2017, it’s Daniel Day Lewis and Tom Hardy. There’s no space today to even get into Bronson, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, or The Dark Knight Rises. And did you see Taboo?!!! Daaaaaaaamn!
Today though, we’ll look at a movie Hardy did that may have flew under your radar– Legend. Hardy pulled lots of Best Actor wins for these roles but no Oscar love, which is robbery. How do you do a tour-de-force on TWO performances as both Kray brothers and not get an Oscar nod? I’ve got the script from Brian Hegeland and a bunch of clips from the movie. Let’s match them up and you tell me this wasn’t one of the best performances from 2016. Apologies for the script non-spacing, I tried fixing it, but the blog tech won’t fix it, so screw it… Let’s do this…
First, the opening, where you get the excellent CG effect of Tom Hardy playing both brothers, setting up the movie:
EXT. LONDON SKYLINE – DUSK
PANNING DOWN from the heavens to the city below. Seen from
the East End looking west. Traffic in the streets, the
Thames, St. Paul’s. The BELLS at Bow Church can be heard.
London in the 1960’s. Everyone had a
story about the Krays. You could
walk into any pub to hear a lie or
two about them.
EXT. LINCOLN CONTINENTAL – ROLLING THE WEST END – NIGHT
We are low on the rear fender looking up, awash in neon:
Ronnie Scott’s, the Marquee Club. We catch glimpses of the
pretty people passing by.
But I was there and I am not
careless with the truth.
INT. LINCOLN CONTINENTAL – ROLLING THE WEST END – NIGHT
In the backseat, the Krays: REGGIE tough and fit, RON off
kilter in style. An odd slowness here, like time has stood
still. Are they on their way to gangster heaven?
They were brothers. But bound by
more than blood, they were twins as
well. Counterparts. Gangster princes
of the city they meant to conquer.
Ron, heavier, thicker, bespectacled, looks to his brother.
Ron Kray was a one man London mob.
Bloodthirsty, illogical, but funny
Reggie looks out the window watching London pass by.
Reggie was different. Once in a
lifetime do you find a street
fighting man like Reg. Believe me
when I say it took a lot of love for
me to hate him the way I do.
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