Talk to anyone about prohibition gangsters and in all likelihood, the first name they’ll mention will be Alphonse Gabriel ‘Al’ Capone. Nearly ninety years since his heyday, Capone’s name still pops up regularly in modern culture, yet it’s easy to forget that for all his showboating and media-savviness, Al Capone was a violent killer who gained his power by murdering anyone who stood in his way.
Tom Hardy will take on the role of the notorious Gangster in a new biopic, Fonzo. He previously took on the challenging role of The Kray Twins in the British film, Legend. According to Deadline, the film on the end of Capone’s life as “dementia rots his mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life”.
Capone was eventually sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion. Upon arriving at the Atlanta US penitentiary, he was diagnosed with syphilis and gonorrhea. Paroled after eight years, Capone’s later life was marred by illness – his late-stage syphilis had reduced his mental faculties to that of a 12-year-old. He died of cardiac arrest in 1947. Capone is thought to have murdered at least 32 men during his life as the most notorious prohibition-era villain.