‘Boardwalk Empire’: Sex, alcohol, and jazz Scorsese-style
It’s official: I want to spend a night on the Boardwalk Empire set and be tucked into bed by Martin Scorsese telling me stories about “gangster toddlers.” If the last trailer for the upcoming HBO drama exec produced by director Martin Scorsese and Sopranos scribe Terence Winter didn’t sell you on the show, the “Invitation to the set” embedded below will. Aside from the sets radiating the attention to detail for which Scorsese is famous, you’ve got the Oscar winner and Winter telling you about America’s love/hate relationship with gangsters — something that has been captured in movies, but rarely seen on series TV. Atlantic City in 1920, at the dawn of Prohibition, is definitely a place we’ll want to see again and again through the pool-blue eyes of Steve Buscemi, who appears to have scored the role of his career in “Nucky” Thompson, the corrupt county treasurer who dealt directly with the young Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Arnold Rothstein. You need someone equally as interesting/inexplicably off-putting to play the agent who wants to bring Nucky down, and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) fits that bill.