During the swinging 1960s in London, there were Ronald “Ronnie” and Reginald “Reggie” Kray, career criminal twin brothers who ran an organized crime outfit called “The Firm,” engaging in racketeering, robbery, arson, protection services and murder. They also ran nightclubs, enabling the handsomely tailored and well-groomed brothers to rub elbows with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and political elites. As career criminals go, the Krays were celebrities in their day. They were ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1969. Ronnie died in 1995 and Reggie died in 2000.
Legend, a film on their rise and fall, written and directed by Brian Helgeland, stars the fantastic Tom Hardy doing double duty in the roles of both twins. It’s scheduled for release on October 2nd. I’m totally on board.