Nucky Thompson never existed. But Nucky Johnson did.
In order to tell a compelling story that had jeopardy — you can find online what happened to the real Nucky — Winter decided to change the name and take some liberties.
“It’s about 70 percent faithful to the real person and 30 percent goes into fiction. This way I can take license. I can have my Nucky do things that the real Nucky might not have done.”
Read more of the interview with Terence Winters at Urbanite – am New York.