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.
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.
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.
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.
You know what’s better than Tom Hardy? Two Tom Hardys for the price of one. That’s what we get in the first trailer for 1960s gangster drama Legend, from the Academy Award-winning writer of L.A. Confidential, lending it a little extra cred for good measure — as if two Tom Hardys wasn’t enough for you.