Gbenga Akinnagbe spills some details about Simon's return to HBO

David Simon has taken audiences through the streets of Baltimore, the battlefields of Iraq, post-Katrina New Orleans, and now the early days of porn — something that has The Wire star Gbenga Akinnagbe excited.

During an appearance on Entertainment Weekly: The Show, Akinnagbe, who got his acting start on The Wire as hit man Chris Partlow, shared details about his upcoming reunion with Simon for HBO’s The Deuce. “It’s a precursor to the porn industry with the culture of all the pimps, prostitutes, and bar owners of Hell’s Kitchen and how that kind of devolved or evolved into the early days of porn,” he said.

The project, which was created by Simon and fellow Wire scribe George Pelecanos, is set in 1970s and 1980s New York City during the rise of the industry. James Franco stars in the series as twin mobsters, who are described as “players in the Times Square world [who] became fronts for mob control of the volatile and lucrative sex industry from its origins.”

Akinnagbe went on to share his anticipation for The Deuce. “It’s great, you know David Simon and George Pelecanos, amazing writers,” he said. “So I’m excited for that and not just because I’m in it. I saw the first episode a month or so ago and it looks so good.”


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