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James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in 'The Drop'
James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in 'The Drop'
James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in ‘The Drop’

Cor! Is this tense or what? They don’t call him ‘hardy’ for nothing, etc.

Last week, we were all abuzz with the first picture of Tom Hardy as both Reggie and Ronnie Kray in a new movie about the kings of London gangland, and now here he is at the other end of the organized crime chain of command in The Drop, James Gandolfini’s final cinematic outing.

Tom plays a Brooklyn bartender called Bob who finds himself caught up on the wrong side of an unpleasant situation concerning the mob and some stolen money. Then there’s the beaten pit bull puppy he finds, and a new friendship with a woman called Nadia (Noomi Rapace).

The script is by Denis Lehane, who also wrote Gone, Baby Gone, Mystic River and Shutter Island. And once again you can barely see Tom Hardy the actor behind the character he plays.

The Drop is released on November 14.

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By Fraser McAlpine