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Bronson tells the story of the "Most Dangerous Criminal In Britain" Michael Peterson. Renamed Charlie Bronson by his boxing promoter, Peterson has spent the majority of his adult life in solitary confinement.
Jason Statham was originally asked to play Charles Bronson.
Michael Peterson was a misguided 19 year old when he decided to make a name for himself. After attempting to rob a post office, he was apprehended and sentenced to seven years in prison. With only a brief period of freedom in which he survived as an underground boxer, Peterson, now renamed Charles Bronson, has now spent 34 years in prison -- 30 of which have been in solitary confinement.
From Bronson's surreal monologues during the film.
Based on the true story of Britain's most violent prisoner, Bronson marries surreal and witty glimpses into a madman's mind with brutal depictions of his violent escapades.
Connection to Real Bronson
Tom Hardy spent time with the real life Charles Bronson in order to prepare for his role before and during the filming in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Despite the artistic nature of the film, a great deal of care was spent in presenting an actuate depiction of the criminal.
US release of the dvd includes the following special features:
Charles Bronson Monologues
Making of Bronson
Training Tom Hardy
Interviews with: Nicolas Winding Refn (Co-writer/director), Tom Hardy, and Matt King
Behind the scenes footage
The film is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and has a running time of 93 minutes, notably different than the films official 89 minute run time. The lack of any mention of additional footage suggests this discrepancy is due to the time differential between NTSC and PAL.