The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 16, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Here is what these Golden Globe winners said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Television Series – Drama
Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Terence, why do you think people have been so taken with “Boardwalk Empire”?
Terence Winter: It’s a combination of a lot of different things. This is a period in American history that hasn’t really been explored much at all in film, let alone on television. I think the last time on TV that anything that dealt with the Prohibition Era was “The Untouchables” in 1960. So as old as the material is, it’s fresh again.
It has so much going for it, in terms of the visuals, the music, the gangster element — so much going on historically. An amazing cast, obviously. I think there are so many things you can point to, and so many things our fans point to, that they say they like about the show, and they’re all varied. It’s an irresistible time in history to write about.
Can you give us a hint of where you’re going in Season 2 of “Boardwalk Empire”?
Winter: Into the future. In Season 2, we’re in 1921. We start the season a couple of months later [from when Season 1 left off]. And God willing, we’ll be able to explore the entire decade of the ‘20s. If things work out the way I planned, we’ll end the series somewhere around the Korean War in 1953.
You now look like a genius for casting Steve Buscemi in the lead role of Nucky Thompson in “Boardwalk Empire,” but at first, there were quite a few naysayers who said that Steve wasn’t a good fit for this role. What do you have to say about it now?
Winter: They were wrong! [He laughs.] This was the easiest casting decision in the world for me. Steve is terrific. I’ve always been a huge fan. As I’ve said many times, I always saw Steve in a movie, and whenever I saw his name, I’d say, “Great! I know that part is going to be good.” So the logic was simple: Just make him the lead, and the whole thing will be good. And that worked.
Steve, did you have any doubts about taking this role in “Boardwalk Empire”?
Steve Buscemi: I still have my doubts, but I trust these guys. So I’ll just show up for work and know my lines. And I get to work with Kelly [Macdonald] and a great cast. And this is the best job I’ve ever had.
Steve, you’re obviously having fun playing this role in “Boardwalk Empire.” [Says jokingly] Is it true that you’ll now only look at scripts where you play a sexy, womanizing politician?
Buscemi: Yeah, basically. [He laughs.] I like that.
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