Wanstead film fan wins Empire award for bizarre mash-up of the Krays and the Chuckle Brothers

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 April 2016

Marc with his Empire Magazine award

Marc with his Empire Magazine award


The Baldwins, the Coens, the Charltons, the Bushes – history is full of famous brothers.

Marc Barnes as both Chuckles in a scene parodying Legend, the Tom Hardy film about the Kray twins                   Picture: YouTubeMarc Barnes as both Chuckles in a scene parodying Legend, the Tom Hardy film about the Kray twins Picture: YouTube

But there are also infamous fraternal duos – like the Krays – and quite indescribable ones, like the Chuckles.

And a young actor from Wanstead has won an award after bringing together the two duos for a bizarre 60-second film.

Marc Barnes, 30, decided to remake Tom Hardy’s Legend with children’s television personalities the Chuckle Brothers replacing the Kray twins.

“To be completely honest, it was a bit mental,” Marc said of the short film, which took a day to make.

“It was screened in front of Matt Damon, loads of Star Wars actors, Jonathan Ross – and it beat 300 other entries.

“It was bizarre.”

The film sees Marc dressed as Barry and Paul Chuckle, stars of ChuckleVision – including fake noses – but acting like East End gangsters the Krays.

Marc, who works at Barking’s Broadway Theatre, said the Chuckles came to his mind immediately after he decided to parody the Krays.

“I consider it more of an homage, actually,” he said.

“I grew up with them – I used to love them – and they seemed the worst possible brothers to replace the Krays with.”

The awards ceremony was held at Grosvenor House Hotel in Westminster in March, but Marc is still coming to terms with his victory.

“I’ve been making films for years, but I’ve kind of been winging it,” he said.

“This has been a bit of a wake-up call.

“Now I’m writing a monster movie and I’m going to keep on working at it.”

Marc, who has been around the open mic circuit and performed with the interactive Secret Cinema, was also inspired by meeting one of his comedy idols.

“It wasn’t even during the ceremony, but I met Johnny Vegas and had a little chat with him,” he said.

“That was amazing. He’s someone I really admire, alongside absurdist comedians like Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, Harry Enfield and Armando Ianucci.”

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