Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Stephen Graham to Play Capone in Boardwalk Empire


According to various reports, british actor, Stephen Graham, has been added to the cast of Boardwalk Empire. His role will be that of a young Al Capone, who's working as muscle for a Chicago gangster and strikes up a friendship with Jimmy Darmody, played by Michael Pitt.

Graham's filmography includes roles in Gangs of New York and Snatch. He also has roles in the upcoming films, Public Enemies and The Damned United.

One of the exciting things about seeing the cast of characters for the series fall into place is the insight it gives you into the plot and setting of the series itself. The fact that a young Al Capone will be a character in the series is something I didn't expect, but something that adds to the intrigue.

In real life, Capone and Nucky Johnson did know each other, and, somewhere (I'm going to try to track it down and post it), there is a picture of Nucky Johnson and Al Capone strolling side-by-side down the Atlantic City boardwalk.

Nucky was the host of the "Atlantic City Conference" in 1929, which is widely believed to be the earliest organized crime summit held in the United States, which Capone attended. I'll detail some history of Nucky Johnson and Capone (taken from the book) in a later post.

14 comments:

  1. Stephen Graham was great as gangster Franner in British crime thriller The Crew

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  2. Richard N. WarnerMay 14, 2009 at 1:57 AM

    A colleague and myself have independently tried to verify that Nucky Johnson met or had anything to do with Capone during his May, 1929, visit to Atlantic City. We couldn't find any, not using contemporary sources, anyway. Capone himself told the press that he organized a peace conference with George "Bugs" Moran and several other unnamed gang leaders from Chicago. The first paper to bring in Johnson was the July 17, 1930 edition of the New York Daily Journal - a source known to be plagued with yellow journalism. So we must consider that the belief that the Atlantic City Conference was manned by gang leaders from all over could be a myth.

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  3. Photo of it here

    http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/id27.htm

    I hardly think Graham can pull off Capone. He was excellent as Baby face Nelson though.

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  4. Richard N. WarnerJuly 21, 2009 at 3:25 AM

    The speculation is, when one looks at the photo, is that it was doctored. Capone looks like he was superimposed over Nucky. Not only that, but in interviews Capone said the only people at the conference were Chicago people, not people like Luciano, Costello, etc. All of that comes out later from other secondary sources.

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  5. Key word "Speculation" To me that sounds like a lot of trouble to go through just for a supposed made up photo. Kind of dangerous for a newspaper to do that to two powerful gangster bosses don't you think?

    And I also guess the fact that Nucky admitted in print to a newspaper reporter that he was taken in photo with Al Capone doesn't mean much.

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  6. Check out

    http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/press/atlantic_city/article_3d2aedaa-856e-5e81-8e5a-9db020bed549.html

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  7. I think Stephen Graham is suitable to play Capone in Boardwalk Empire.

    Melvin, Download Games website.

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  8. While there is controversy about the nature of the Atlantic City meeting (and there were previous, such as the 1928 Cleveland meeting), I don't think Graham is tall enough (at 5'5") to play Capone. The first thing people noticed about Capone was that he was taller (almost 6') than most of his gangster associates.

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  9. Stephen Graham is highly talented actor, who is still to reach the peak of his career,with better and better roles sticking to him as he progresses; very powerful emotionally , I reckon he could breathe a new life into the character of capone, particularily under the direction of Martin Scorcese, about whom little needs to be said. One would be a fool to think anything other.

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  10. Breathing new life can be a scary thing as to making the real Capone into a character he was not. The idea is to get as close to the real persona. I just hate it when Hollywood or actors make the real guy bigger or less than he actually was. Hollywood should stick more to the truth and you will find that it will be 1000 times more exciting than anything a script writer can be paid to make up.

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  11. Nucky Thompson??? Let the fictionalizing begin!!! Lord knows when it will end in this one.

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  13. hard to say, if the photo is a fake. capone looks supercool in the photo. i would like to think it was real, but who knows.

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  14. stephen graham is a great actor, but miscast as capone, he is to small.

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