Boardwalk Empire may not have won any Emmys for its actors, but Martin Scorsese scored a directing nod for his work on the HBO drama. The legendary filmmaker came by the press room to chat, and he talked about the series, why he likes working in television, and his first family-friendly film.
- On winning an Emmy: "I was extremely nervous, and I must say it is something I never really dreamed of. It's a different medium in a way. We approach Boardwalk Empire as a film — a very long film, but a film. It's just as exciting; it's quite extraordinary."
- On why he likes using television to tell stories: "That's the excitement. I've always dreamed of getting involved with a project where characters could develop over time, almost like the way Victorian novels were written: they were serialized. Dickens wrote that way, many did. You can develop character, plot, and storyline, give it the history you need if you want, and get actually more done and said over a longer period of time. It gives you more license, and it gives you much more freedom really."
- On whether he'll come back to direct Boardwalk Empire: "I'm really trying, yes. [But] we're mixing now a film called Hugo, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, and that's my first film that's for the entire family. In 3D. Real 3D."
- On why people are fascinated by Nucky's story: "It goes back to a fascination that America has with that story. The idea of the rise but also the fall. You want to see the fall. . . . You're fascinated by the rise, but you want to see them pay for it. You want to see how it could all come apart. In many some cases, some get away, and some keep it together."
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