Steve Buscemi says Boardwalk Empire is ‘one of the best parts I’ve ever had’

by Lisa McGarry

Steve Buscemi has admitted that he is grateful to Martin Scorsese for offering him the lead role in his newest show ‘Boardwalk Empire.’

The Fargo star plays corrupt 1920’s politician Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson in the drama, which is set in Atlantic City in the prohibition era.

Speaking about his role on the show, which is often surprisingly gory and gritty, Buscemi told The Sun:

“This is one of the best parts I’ve ever had in my life. I mean, only in my wildest fantasies or dreams… ”

“When I first read the script, I could tell from page one that Nucky was the man.

“And it was sort of terrifying in a way. When I first read the script, I hadn’t gotten the offer yet to play the character.

“I just thought, ‘Wow, I’m almost sorry I’m reading this because, if I don’t get it, I’m going to be so disappointed, so sad’.”

Luckily for Steve Terry Winter, co-executive producer of the series along with Scorsese, did offer him the role – which last week earned him a Golden Globe – but he was so nervous he refused to believe it was a serious offer.

Steve laughed: “My response was, ‘Terry, I know you’re looking at other actors, and I appreciate just that, you know, my name is being thrown -‘. He says, ‘No, no, Steve. I just said we want you’.”

“It’s just so exciting for me to go to work and to know that these scripts are so strong.

“I hope this continues for years and years.”

Boardwalk Empire premieres on the new Sky Atlantic HD channel on Tuesday February 1 at 9pm.

Unreality TV attended a London preview screening of the first two BE episodes on Tuesday night and could not recommend the show highly enough. The writing is superb, the plots believable and the characters wonderfully formed. We’re just glad that after missing the first few series of Mad Men when they first aired, we’ve gotten into this fabulous show at the start!