James Gandolfini, Tom Hardy tangle with real tough guys in 'The Drop'

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In The Drop, Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini play two Brooklyn cousins trying to make ends meet on the fringe of gangster life without sticking their necks out too far. Gandolfini, in what is his final onscreen performance, plays Cousin Marv, the manager of the seedy bar who once was respected and feared in the neighborhood but now settles for something less. Hardy plays Bob, the detached bartender who sees and hears nothing while he makes the nightly money drops that keep the business alive.

But when Bob finds an abandoned puppy and meets a pretty woman (Noomi Rapace), his disciplined disengagement is tested and he has to confront the beast that might still lurk beneath his own skin. The gritty crime drama, which opens Sept. 12, is based on a Dennis Lehane short story and directed by Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead).

In an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette, Lehane, Rapace, and others dissect the story and characters at the heart of the drama. As for Hardy, those Marlon Brando comparisons aren’t going away anytime soon. Try to watch and listen to his Bob Saginowski and not think of On the Waterfront‘s Terry Malloy.

Here’s the film’s trailer:


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