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Tom Hardy by Greg Williams. Shared by @gregwilliamsphotography on Instagram. 

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Tom Hardy photographed by Greg Williams |  Esquire US (May 2014)

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Tom Hardy Is Not a Movie Star |  Esquire US (May 2014) | By Tom Junod | Photographs by Greg Williams

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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."

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Here’s the full Locke UK premiere Q&A with Tom Hardy and Steven Knight. Yay! With many thanks to UKFilmNews.

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It’s thrilling to see how much attention Locke is getting. Article in the Wall Street Journal :

Tom Hardy is Driving the Car

The British actor literally steers the upcoming “Locke

Tom Hardy isn’t supposed to be this good an actor. He’s that guy built like The Hulk who bashes people in the face, right? He’s the metal-masked villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises” and the brutal Virginia moonshiner Forrest Bondurant in “Lawless.” He’s the destructive Pittsburgh cage fighter Tommy Conlon in “Warrior” and “Britain’s most violent prisoner,” bloody and naked much of the time, in “Bronson.”

But now here he is in “Locke,” driving a BMW in a yuppie sweater, delivering one of the most subtle and powerful film performances of the year. “Locke” is unlikely to be wildly commercial: It consists solely of one man driving in a car, engaged in speakerphone calls, for 90 minutes. Ivan Locke is a construction manager who builds foundations with concrete, but the solid world he has built for himself has started to crack and tremble. He has potentially career-ruining business problems at work to resolve. He has problems at home that really can’t be solved. He’s driving away from something and toward something, determined to do the right thing, despite the consequences he will endure. Speaking in a soothing Welsh accent borrowed from Richard Burton, he strives to remain steady while the voices coming into his car panic. The movie premiered to raves at the Venice Film Festival in September and opens in U.S. theaters on April 25.

"If you’re going to have one actor on screen for that length of time, you have to have the best," says Steven Knight, who wrote and directed "Locke." "And in my opinion Tom is the best actor we have. We being Europe."

Wait—Batman’s nemesis is the best actor in Europe? And there’s something else it’s easy to get wrong about Mr. Hardy.

"I’m not huge at all," says the London-born Mr. Hardy. "I’ve had lots of lads tell me ‘I thought you were bigger.’" He’s 5-foot-9. His normal weight is about 158 pounds, and even for shirtless, muscle-bound roles in "Warrior" and "Bronson" he only beefed up into the 180s. "There’s ways of creating an image—camera angles, intention, voice. You put the weight on in places where the camera’s going to pick it up. You stand in a way that the camera’s going to pick up. I would move as if my limbs were much heavier, move a bit like a boat on the water."

Tom Hardy isn’t the biggest, meanest guy in the room at all. He just knows how to act like it. At this point in his career, at age 36, Mr. Hardy is getting impossible to overlook, even if he insists in submerging himself so deeply into his roles that he has avoided becoming familiar to the average American moviegoer. Later this year, he’ll play a Brooklyn bartender in “The Drop,” with the late James Gandolfini, from a script by Dennis Lehane. He’s the new “Mad Max,” a road warrior with an Aussie accent, in a sequel due in 2015. Next January he’ll begin production on “Rocketman,” a biopic in which he will portray Elton John.

Robert Falls, artistic director at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, recalls Mr. Hardy’s American stage debut in 2010, in the play “The Long Red Road,” directed by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Coming to Chicago after shooting the underrated drama “Warrior,” Mr. Hardy diminished his muscled-up body to portray a withered, self-destructive alcoholic, drawing partly from his own past.

"I think the experience that people had in the 1950s of seeing Marlon Brando on stage experienced the exact same thing as seeing Tom Hardy on stage," Mr. Falls says. "A just unbelievable commitment. And a sort of sensitivity, like Brando, where he was both extraordinarily masculine but in touch with a feminine side as well."

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Interview with Tom from Wales online:

Tom Hardy says he based the Welsh accent in his new film on a “hotch-potch” of Richard Burton’s reading of Under Milk Wood and an ex-SAS soldier who’d protected him while touring war-torn Afghanistan.

In Locke, which opens in cinemas nationwide today, the 36-year-old Londoner plays Ivan Locke, a softly-spoken everyman who endures a dark night of the soul when a mistake from his past comes back to haunt him, throwing his well ordered existence into disarray.

And, despite the nationality of the character never being specified in the original script, the star admitted he knew straight away how he wanted to approach the role.

“Ivan just felt Welsh to me, to be honest,” says Hardy, who took time out from the film’s premiere in Birmingham last night to chat. “He’s this really down-to-earth guy who manages to exhibit a great deal of grace under pressure. So while all these crises are going on and people are losing their heads around him, he somehow manages to keep it together. As a result, I figured he needed to sound soothing and centred, so I listened a lot to Burton doing Dylan Thomas and attempted to emulate him. God, I wish I had a voice like Burton’s – but I don’t , sadly.”

Shot entirely within the confines of a BMW hurtling down a florescent-lit motorway to London, Hardy is the only actor seen on screen throughout the film’s 85 minute duration.

Its other players – such as Olivia Coleman and Sherlock’s Andrew Scott – materialise only as disembodied voices on the other end of Locke’s hands-free phone.

And, as his journey progresses, each new call that comes through only serves to heap on new problems, unearth personal skeletons and slowly form cracks in his steely composure.

“Outwardly he’s seems in control but there’s a lot going on behind the eyes,” says Hardy. “I was going for that same kind of stillness which Anthony Hopkins brings to many of his roles – I’m a massive fan of his too.”

The Batman actor – last seen playing the hulking, villainous Bane in The Dark Knight Rises – also admitted that he based much of Locke on an ex-SAS pal who chaperoned him when he went to Kabul to do research for an upcoming movie project about post-traumatic stress disorder in British troops returning from the Middle East.

“I went there with a chap called William Freear who runs a specialist risk management firm called Pilgrim’s Group –they look after the likes of CNN when they go reporting in global trouble hot spots like Libya,” says Hardy. “Bill’s a bloke who’s been to some pretty scary places in his lifetime and has been shot at a lot, and I was amazed at how calm and contained he was at all times. He’s a very tough guy, very intelligent and I just thought, ‘That’s Ivan, right there’. I wanted my character to be like a ship’s captain forced to weather this terrible storm – although, admittedly, one which is largely of his own making. Hence my decision to have a beard, chunky jumper and RNLI sticker on the car window, I suppose,” he laughs.

Rehearsed and filmed in less than two weeks, critics have so far fawned over Hardy’s work in the drama, describing as ‘a powerhouse performance’ and ‘extraordinary’.

The only sticking point? Hardy’s approximation of that rolling Valleys lilt which some have dubbed as a ‘cross between Ivor The Engine and Indian immigrant’.

“I have had a bit of ribbing about it, but that’s okay,” he said. “There’s always going to be banter – that’s just the nature of the beast. The Welsh accent is a really tricky one to get right and, while I admit mine may not be perfect, I did my best. I’m just really proud of this film and am really chuffed I was given the chance to play around with the character and do my own thing. It’s a low budget, experimental piece and we’re all over the moon with the amount of attention and praise it’s received. Fair play to everyone involved, it took a lot of balls to do.”

An interview on the red carpet for Locke - part 3.

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