Did you know that Boardwalk Empire is also based on a book? That was news to me!
It seems as if people have been trading their 1000-page Pillars book for one with a very familiar character on the front; one who wears a strikingly-familiar red carnation on his chest. Upon seeing the cover, I thought to myself, “That can’t be the now-famous Nucky Thompson, can it?” Turns out it was! The novel Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City written by Nelson Johnson (also a New York Times Bestseller!) is the true story that inspired the HBO series from Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese.
Today, Nucky Thompson is amongst the most searched personalities on the web. However, Nucky Thompson is not an actual person (he is based off of the character Nucky Johnson).
Read more at Off The Reel – Movie Central.