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Michael Stuhlbarg talks Boardwalk Empire

Michael Stuhlbarg in A Serious Man

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Stuhlbarg, the star of the Coen brothers’ new film A Serious Man, has been talking about working with Martin Scorsese on new HBO gangster drama Boardwalk Empire.

The series, which is loosely based on the book by Nelson Johnson, stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch Nucky Thompson who, according to Stuhlbarg, was “the unofficial governor of Atlantic City, who sort of gets illegal things for people”.

He continued: “It [the show] follows the life and times and birth of Atlantic City. There are some famous characters, such as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, in it. [But] it primarily focuses on Steve Buscemi’s character, Enoch Nucky Thompson, who is sort of the unofficial governor of Atlantic City, who sort of gets illegal things for people.

“I play Arnold Rothstein, who was allegedly responsible for fixing the 1919 World Series and the whole Chicago Black Sox Scandal. A gambler, bootlegger, racketeer, stable owner, heroin importer… there weren’t many things he didn’t do, so he’s quite an interesting guy.”

Gretchen Mol, who was last seen in last season’s short-lived American television version of Life on Mars, will also be going to the HBO series in a recurring role as a showgirl.

Stuhlbarg is an acclaimed Broadway actor who has also appeared in the film Body of Lies for director Ridley Scott.

Read our full interview with Michael Stuhlbarg