2004's British gangster thriller Layer Cake may still be an under-appreciated cult classic today, but there's no denying that the film elevated the careers of numerous artists involved.
As the directorial debut of Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman), it became a firm launching pad for him to leap onto bigger and bolder things, while Daniel Craig's stock obviously upticked immeasurably shortly after its release, and a supporting role for Tom Hardy also helped raise his visibility with audiences.
While many gangster flicks of the era come across as moldy and dated today, there's still an electrifying freshness to Layer Cake sixteen years on, largely a result of Vaughn's kinetic direction, a terrific ensemble cast topped by a highly charismatic Craig, and a whip-smart script.
It's not the biggest or the best film of its kind, but its reputation as one of the great unsung crime thrillers of the 2000s continues to endure to this day.
But given Layer Cake's rather modest nature in the pantheon of Hollywood filmmaking, you've probably never seen these fascinating tidbits, surprising stories, and must-read anecdotes about its impressively low-budget, seat-of-the-pants production...
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