I recently had the opportunity to speak to veteran actor Steve Buscemi about his work on the upcoming Martin Scorsese-Terence Winter series, “Boardwalk Empire.” It’s a period piece that will air on HBO, and from the looks of the teaser trailer will fall in line with Winter’s previous work, “The Sopranos.” While speaking to Buscemi, I asked him about his character Nucky Thompson, and whether or not he would be inherently evil or a good guy stuck between a rock and a hard place?
Buscemi has previously worked with Winter on “The Sopranos ” a few years back so the actor is very familiar with his writing style. If you watched “Boardwalk Empire’s” trailer you can see the similarities between the two shows, as well as a throw back to Scorsese’s Goodfellas. The Oscar winning director actually shot the pilot episode, and serves as one of the show’s executive producers.
Buscemi is no stranger to film or television, and has a background in both comedy and drama. Like a lot of actors these days, he’s crossing over to the small screen but we have to remember, this isn’t going to be on TV, it’s going to be on HBO (zing!). Here’s what made the actor finally take the plunge and headline a major series…
“My big reason was Terence Winter, who is one of my favorite writers from “The Sopranos, ” and just the story and the character. It’s so much fun to play. Then on top of all that you throw in Martin Scorsese, and you know? How can anybody resist?
Buscemi stars as Nucky Thompson, a big wig in New Jersey during the 1920′s. His life gets turned upside down when the government enforces Prohibition, which causes good men to make some bad decisions. And in the case of Thompson, a lot of factors lead to him engaging in questionable activity…
“He’s not a bad guy as such, but he kind of runs with a certain element of people. He himself is a politician, who ran things in Atlantic City in the twenties and when Prohibition hit that was a gateway for these guys to make some money. He found himself in the company of bootleggers and gangsters, all in the name of keeping his constituents happy and also making some money for himself.”
This sounds like a sticky situation that Nucky has found himself in and the worst part is that we won’t see the show until the fall. It’s only January! If you can wait that long for HBO to bring the drama, it sounds like you won’t be disappointed.
What do you think about Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese teaming up for a show? Are you interested in watching Boardwalk Empire?