Written and directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland, Legend is the story of London's infamous 1960s mobster brothers (famously immortalized in Morrissey's "Last of the International Playboys"). Hardy plays both of the Kray twins thanks to CGI magic. The film also stars an array of British acting talent, including David Thewlis, Paul Bettany, Christopher Eccleston, Emily Browning, and Taron Egerton. Hardy said at a screening last week that it "was the hardest thing that I've tried to do in my career, trying to pull off a couple of characters in the same film."
According to former enforcer Freddie ‘Brown Bread’ Foreman, who has been spilling tales about the twins to Hardy, not only was Ronnie gay—he came out in his teens—but Reggie was as well. The former Firm enforcer claims that Reggie never consummated his marriage to Frances Shea. “That poor girl was a trophy wife, nothing more,” Foreman says. Shea killed herself two years into their marriage. Bradley Allardyce, a prison friend of Reggie, claimed that Ronnie told him that his brother had murdered Shea by forcing her to swallow pills.
“Your brother is a violent, paranoid schizophrenic,” is how one character describes Ronnie to his identical twin Reggie. “What I’m trying to tell you is that he’s off his rocker.”
Legend premieres Oct. 2. Watch the trailer below: