British film star Tom Hardy has confirmed he will play BOTH Kray twins in a new film about the East End gangsters. The Hollywood actor has been linked with the challenging roles recently and has admitted he is definitely on board with the project, which will be called Legend.
The Inception and Batman star will take on the tricky task of playing both Ronnie and Reggie Kray simultaneously and while he admits it will be a challenge, it is one he relishes.
"I’m on that right now," Hardy told reporters. "I’ve got to work out how to play both twins, which will be fun. It’s another experiment and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself, I just want to have some fun and see what’s out there and explore with the work. The more of a challenge I give myself, the easier it is to take on more projects which are complicated in the future, if that makes sense. It might not be the greatest movie in the world, but that’s not the pressure you put on yourself. You never know what you’re going to get.”
Hardy, who visited Birmingham this week to attend the premiere of his new film Locke, sees similarities between the two projects.
"We certainly didn’t put any pressure on ourselves with Locke and think ‘this has got to be the greatest thing’ and it’s done really well," said the 36-year-old. "Like most things, it is a case of taking on a challenge, not beating yourself up about it too much, enjoying it and seeing what happens. Locke has turned out really well and I’m hoping The Krays, which is actually called Legend, will be a similar result. But you can’t predict the outcome of these things and I wouldn’t pretend to. But going into it, I feel like we’re in the right team.”
Hardy is currently filming the second series of BBC period crime drama Peaky Blinders, in which he plays a new character. And while he admits his admiration for the show, the actor has revealed he has yet to actually watch the first series.
He said: “I still haven’t watched it! My wife has, but I don’t watch anything because I steal everything. I’ve watched episodes of it and really enjoyed it but I take on things really quickly and so I’ll have to sit down and watch it properly. I’m watching Breaking Bad at the moment and I’ve finished The Wire recently. Television time is very precious. I don’t get much of it, and when I do, I get immersed in one thing. I’ve got Peakys to come and I’ve already been in series two, so I’m really excited. But yes, guilty as charged, I haven’t watched the first series.”
The Londoner admits he has escaped the dreaded challenge of adopting a local accent for the Birmingham-based gangster show.
"Actually no, Steve (Knight, writer) created a character specifically tailored to a certain area," he explained. "But the Peaky Blinders have moved - I don’t really want to say what’s going on in the programme but the locations have somewhat changed from Birmingham and gone further out into the regions. New characters have come in from all around the country. It’s getting bigger."