Playing twins on the big screen can get hokey and turn comical, especially if you don’t have the right actor. So when looking for the guy who would play twin gangster brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray,  Legend director/writer Brian Helgeland went for the jugular and sought Tom Hardy. Helgeland caught the actor’s turn in the 2011 mixed martial arts fighter film Warrior, a performance in which the director says “had a very Reggie Kray quality” to it. Hardy loses himself in each brother, distinguishing them between a low, guttural, thick East End accent for Ronnie, and a sweet, charming, low tenor for Reggie.  While there was already a 1990 cult film about the violent duo from Miramax, The Krays, Helgeland believes the brothers are ripe for a number of cinematic portrayals. The director explains his angle at our Toronto International Film Festival studio at the Templar Hotel.  Universal’s Legend opens in the U.S./Canada on Oct. 2. It debuted this past weekend in the U.K. with £5.18M ($7.99M), breaking a slew of opening records. On Saturday night, Legend made his TIFF 2015 premiere to great applause at the Roy Thomson Hall.

Video directed by Neil Hanson and Chris Chapman and produced by Crimson Fish.