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December 3, 2008 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | December 3, 2008 |

Martin Scorsese has a drama pilot in the works for HBO, “Boardwalk Empire,” which is going to focus on the growth of Atlantic City in the 1920’s. Needles on the beech, trashy skanks with big hair, and senior citizens as far as the eye can see — this is where it all started!

And Steve Buscemi is currently in talks to take on the role of Nucky Johnson, who the HR describes as “a cunning businessman who runs a liquor distribution ring at the onset of Prohibition.” Buscemi’s no stranger to HBO, of course, having played the inevitably-fated Tony Blundetto in 16 episodes of “The Sopranos.” And I think he’ll be perfect for this show because (a) he’s a talented motherfucker, and (b) he’s an ugly motherfucker. And if 1920’s AC is anything like modern-day AC, it’s full of ugly motherfuckers.

Which is why I’m torn about the fact that Kelly Macdonald is also in talks to star on the show as an Irish immigrant. She’s also a talented motherfucker. But she ain’t ugly. She’s one of my oldest crushes, hewing back to her Trainspotting days, and she’s far too purty for AC. And more importantly, her hair’s not even close to big enough.

Because you're a cunning prohibisionist, alright? / Seth Freilich

Industry | December 3, 2008 |

Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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