British actor/singer Martin Kemp has wished Tom Hardy luck in portraying both Kray twins in a new biopic, insisting he found it tough playing just one of the crime lords back in the 1990s. Hardy will play infamous criminals Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who ruled London's organised crime scene in the 1950s and 1960s, in a new movie about the notorious gangsters.
Kemp played Reggie alongside his brother and Spandau Ballet bandmate Gary as Ronnie in 1990 drama The Krays, and he has wished Hardy luck taking on the challenge of playing both characters.
Kemp says, "He's gonna play both parts, interesting. I had enough trouble playing one part. Tom's a great actor. That's his decision so I wish him luck."
British actor Tom Hardy will play both of London's infamous Kray twins in a new movie about the notorious crime bosses. The Inception star has been linked to the project about brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who ruled London's organised crime scene in the 1950s and 1960s, since earlier this year (14).
The star confirms he has started work on the movie, and reveals he will portray both twins on the big screen.
He says, "I'm on that right now. 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."
Spandau Ballet stars and siblings, Gary and Martin Kemp, played the gangsters in 1990's The Krays.
Legendary British music producer Trevor Horn is in mourning following the death of his wife. The Buggles star's longterm partner, Jill Sinclair, passed away on Saturday (22Mar14) at the age of 61.
She had been suffering from cancer but never fully recovered from a shooting accident in 2006 which left her with brain damage.
Sinclair, who was a successful record label boss and her husband's business partner, was accidentally shot in the neck with an air rifle by her son and spent three years in a coma. When she woke she was unable to move or speak.
Following her death, Horn paid tribute to his wife in a statement: "Jill was an inspiration in every aspect of her life, as my wife and as the mother of our children. She had an adventurous, maverick spirit and built up music businesses - and made her way through life - successfully and independently, and always on her own terms. She will be sorely missed."
Former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp also honoured Sinclair after hearing news of her death, writing in a post on his Twitter.com page, "RIP the great Jill Sinclair. One of the most successful people in the British music business. A legend."
Actor Tom Hardy is in talks to portray English twin crime bosses Ronald and Reginald Kray in a new film. Legend will centre on the brothers' relationship and their crime spree in London in the 1950s and 1960s, according to ScreenDaily.com.
42 filmmaker Brian Helgeland is directing and writing the movie, with production slated to begin in the U.K. later this year (14) and he's keen on the Inception star playing both brothers.
This isn't the first gangster role for the actor - he has also signed on to play a crime leader on British drama Peaky Blinders for two seasons.
The Kray Twins have previously been portrayed on the big screen by Spandau Ballet stars Martin and Gary Kemp, who portrayed the London crime bosses in 1990 movie The Krays.
British band Spandau Ballet are set to perform in America at the 2014 South by Southwest Festival, marking their first Stateside appearance since 1985. The Gold hitmakers achieved international success in the 1980s but they took a long hiatus in 1990 before releasing a comeback album and touring the U.K. in 2009.
They have since taken part in a documentary about the band which will debut at the festival in Austin, Texas on 2 March (14), and the musicians are set to perform on the same day to celebrate the film's world premiere.
The group hopes the documentary will launch its U.S. comeback, with plans to release a greatest hits album and embark on a Stateside tour for the first time in almost 30 years, according to Billboard.com.
Guitarist Gary Kemp says, "We're hoping for theatrical release and we hope to be announcing a tour with the U.S. (sic) late this year or early in 2015. We want to do everything this time."
Scottish actor Ewan Mcgregor is among the famous faces who have paid tribute to The Professionals star Lewis Collins following his death this week (beg25Nov13). The beloved British actor passed away at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday (27Nov13). He was 67.
Collins was best known for playing tough guy William Bodie on the hit crime show, and Hollywood star Ewan McGregor, who grew up watching the TV series, was sorry to hear news of his death, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "I am sorry to hear the sad news that Lewis Collins has passed away. Grew up watching him. Hard man!"
Singer/actor Gary Kemp insists Collins should have played James Bond, a role the actor auditioned for several times. He writes, "The man who should have been Bond. RIP Lewis Collins. You were supercool."
While 1980s pop star-turned-actor Luke Goss shared similar sentiments, "Lewis Collins passed today, have always been a huge fan. The man who should have been Bond. A real loss RIP."
Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright posted a video of The Professionals opening credits, adding, "Farewell to Mr. Lewis Collins. This was perhaps the most exciting 45 seconds of my youth... It's still exciting."
Showbusiness siblings Martin and Gary Kemp are set to reunite in a new gangster movie - their first big screen collaboration since they played London's infamous Kray twins. The former Spandau Ballet stars will portray crime world bosses the Alberts brothers in Assassin, a new movie set in the U.K. capital, which will also star The Business actor Danny Dyer.
It is the first time the pair has appeared together in a film since 1991, when their portrayal of notorious east London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray achieved cult status.
Assassin director Jonathan Sothcott says, "The Krays is one of the best-loved British films of all time, an untouchable classic that only a lunatic would remake, but at the core of that movie are the fantastic performances of Martin and Gary.
"Reuniting them for Assassin is a real coup, a dream come true, and I know their army of fans are going to love seeing what unpleasant plans they have for Mr Dyer."
Filming on the project begins in London next month (Sep13) and is due out next year (14).
The Kemp brothers also recently teamed up for another underworld project - they presented documentary Gangs of Britain, about the history of organised crime in the U.K.
British actor Phil Daniels has returned to the recording studio for the first time since his iconic appearance on Blur's hit song Parklife for an album about London's Soho district. The Quadrophenia star famously loaned his vocals to the band's 1994 track, but hasn't appeared on any further songs until now.
Daniels is featured on songwriter Tim Arnold's album The Soho Hobo, about the colourful area of London famous for its nightlife and sex industry venues.
Arnold tells the London Evening Standard, "What people don't realise is that Phil is a phenomenal musician. It was a song that I had written with him in mind and it was only through good luck that he wanted to do the song. He hasn't done anything since Parklife, so I feel very lucky.
"It was a really incredible experience. We went into a tiny studio in Soho and he just knew and understood the subtext of the song."
Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp also appears on the record, as does Arnold's partner, British actress Jessie Wallace.
Rocker Ronnie Wood's radio career is still going strong after his show was named the U.K.'s top music programme for the third year in a row. The Rolling Stones guitarist won the Specialist Programme of the Year award for The Ronnie Wood Show at the 18th annual Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards in London on Wednesday (03Jul13).
It marked the third time he had triumphed in the category. After former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp handed him the trophy, he tweeted, "Just got back from Arqivas (sic) & we won 'Specialist Programme of the Year - The Ronnie Wood Show' THANK YOU."
Emeli Sande was named PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year while Coldplay picked up the prize for Most Played UK Artist on British radio.
The British actress was detained by police earlier this month (Oct12) following a bust-up with her partner, former male model James Gooding.
She was questioned by police officers and subsequently handed an official caution.
Frost has now spoken out about the incident for the first time and she is adamant reports of an altercation between the couple were exaggerated.
She tells Britain's Sunday Telegraph newspaper, "The press about the fight got blown out of proportion."
Frost goes on to reveal she is still dating Gooding and hints that the relationship is serious, adding, "I wouldn't rule out marriage again. It could be third time lucky."
The star was previously married to Law and Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp.