The creator of Boardwalk Empire saw it as the ‘flip’ of the Sopranos
A period drama every bit as violent as the Tony Soprano story, “Boardwalk Empire” centers on Atlantic City politician Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi. Seeing the business within the national confines of Prohibition, Thompson quickly rises to notoriety in the bootlegging business and interacts with tons of historical figures (and characters based on them), giving the series creator a baccalaureate. spacious sand in which to play. Winter elaborates with Esquire:
“And the possibility of doing it as a long-running series, where you can spend dozens of hours with these characters who were really in their infancy, was just overwhelming. You meet young Al Capone before he become Al Capone. You meet a young Lucky Luciano and these guys who are still trying to figure out who they were.”
Al Capone (played in the series by Stephen Graham) and Lucky Luciano emerged from the gangs of Chicago and New York, jungles just as violent as the landscape of North Jersey where crime families ruled in “The Sopranos” – families whose actual inspirations, notably, debuted during Prohibition. Crafting professional rum runners was no more daunting than writing names like consigliere Silvio Dante. By winters:
“Even with a guy like Al Capone, you’re going to see moments of humanity there. You’re going to see him with his kid or with his dying brother. And even as awful as he was, you’re going to feel something for him. him. That was certainly true with Tony Soprano. It’s just amazing how you start to shed tears for people you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
Whether it’s the mob boss having panic attacks or a Chicago gunman teaching his deaf son to fight, the key to writing villains and rogues in any series, Winters argues, is tangibility.