Steve Buscemi does not bear much physical resemblance to Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, the tall, broad-shouldered political boss whose 30-year rule of Atlantic City inspired HBO’s new Prohibition-era drama “Boardwalk Empire.”
But that ended up working in his favor when executive producers Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter were looking to cast the role of Nucky Thompson, the series’ fictionalized version of the powerful town treasurer. “We decided not to pigeonhole ourselves to think that way, of a strapping guy with a big booming voice,” Winter said. “[Buscemi’s] just got so many colors to him, an unbelievable range from comedy to drama. I don’t think people have seen him do anything like this.”
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