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Boardwalk Empire Kurt Sutter
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'Boardwalk Empire,' by 'Sons of Anarchy' Executive Producer Kurt Sutter

Being a Jersey boy, these are the boardwalks I spent my youth on. At its core, Boardwalk Empire is about this guy struggling with his own humanity: How can I be a player and honor my competitive spirit and be a nice guy? Nucky Thompson's really driven by wanting to be loved. Whenever I watch Boardwalk's super violent "holy shit" moments, they always can tie back organically to the character. You see the consequences of Nucky's hard choices, and I'm drawn to those moral dilemmas.

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