One of the most exciting things about this year in film is how diverse the industry has become in terms of LGBT representation. With films such as The Danish Girl, Freeheld, Tangerine and About Ray, among others, hitting on rarely explored topics relating to queer and transgender characters, the big screen is showcasing a variety of stories that are slowly shifting the landscape of how gender and sexuality are depicted in cinema. However, off screen discussions about coming out of the closet and embracing one’s sexuality have hardly changed for the better. If anything, recent comments by both Matt Damon and Tom Hardy reflect a larger problem in Hollywood that, at a moment of seeming progress, feels stuck in a former conservative era.
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If you’re already looking ahead and wondering what movies will wind up with Oscar nominations in early 2016, you should start paying close attention to The Revenant. The new trailer for the Leonardo DiCaprio wilderness revenge thriller has arrived and, wow, is it beautiful.
It was so cold when Leonardo DiCaprio filmed Alejandro G. Iñárittu’s upcoming explorer epic The Revenant that the below-zero temperatures have already created a load of controversy for the film. “I was cold basically every day, especially my hands,” DiCaprio told Entertainment Weekly, adding that an on-set warming machine was his “savior.”
Every great movie star has a thing. Brad Pitt likes to eat. Woody Allen stammers. Julia Roberts smiles that toothy smile. Tom Hardy mumbles through incredibly thick accents.
London-based film critic Benjamin Lee saw the new Tom Hardy film, Legend, and didn’t exactly have glowing things to say about it. Lee said of the film, “It’s a disappointingly shallow take on a fascinating period of time and leaves us sorely uninformed, as if we’ve skim-read a pamphlet. The legend might live on but Legend certainly won’t.” Not exactly the type of review you’d expect a studio to promote in their marketing material, yet somehow Lee was surprised find it front and center in a new ad.
Dubsmash videos have been popular among celebrities for a bit now, with Hayley Atwell and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast notably engaging in a Dubsmash war to the delight of pretty much the entire internet. For the uninitiated: Dubsmash is an app that lets you record brief clips of yourself and / or your friends lip-syncing to your favorite songs. You may also not have known that Tom Hardy has been making a bunch of these videos for a while now.
Tom Hardy has had a fairly big year in film (well, his last few years have been fairly big, to be fair), and before we see him opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in this winter’s highly-anticipated The Revenant, we’ll see him opposite himself in Legend, the British crime drama in which Hardy plays notorious ’60s gangster twins.
Tom Hardy digs DC Comics. He was Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, and he was supposed to star in Suicide Squad until scheduling conflicts with The Revenant forced him out of the project (Hardy said he was “gutted” to lose the gig). In May, we got word that Hardy was also developing another DC project, though he wouldn’t say just what it was. Here’s how he described it at the time:
So do you think this movie has any cuts?
We first saw a teaser trailer for Legend back in April, but the full-length trailer is even better. The film stars Tom Hardy in the dual roles of gangster twins Reggie and Ron Kray, real-life mobsters who ruled London in the ‘60s. Legend appears to pull off some neat cinematic trickery with Hardy often sharing the screen with himself, but more impressive than that is the way the actor tackles both parts.