Playing Eileen “Candy” Merrell, a prostitute working without a pimp on the dark streets of ’70s Manhattan, Gyllenhaal is going through the ringer. Her character’s emotional spectrum is so wide, it would be miraculous if Gyllenhaal could convey half of what Eileen goes through, let alone the full wavelength seen in Episode 5.
In “What Kind of Bad?”, Eileen transitions from laughing at her date’s post-coital questions to pressing her battered face into a wall and weeping as a pimp reminds her of how often she’s been abused. Later, as Eileen puts on makeup to try to hide the bruises, she listens to a voicemail from her date, asking if she’ll be able to make a party that weekend. Gyllenhaal only flinches from the physical pain of her
But it's also an apt description of
“It’s the Deuce” – Vincent Martino
The sensory disorienting cesspool that is 1970s Manhattan, teeming with merciless pimps, amoral patrolmen, and entrepreneurial mafiosi, serves as the backdrop for David Simon’s engrossing, titillating HBO drama The Deuce. Co-created with George Pelecanos, who worked alongside Simon on The Wire and Treme, the eight-episode first season documents the evolution of the porn industry, the etiquette of prostitution, and the institutional racketeering propelling and consolidating them.
Breaking the skin is Vincent Martino (James Franco) and his twin brother Frankie (also Franco). A bartender of unparalleled trustworthiness, apart from deserting his flirtatious wife (Zoe Kazan) and children, Vincent bares the brunt of his kin’s gambling addiction and hotheaded demeanour. Incidentally, Frankie’s excessive debt to Rudy Pipilo (Michael Rispoli) lands Vincent a cushy managerial position at the thug’s newest bar, eventually allowing him
Taking a page out of the “Fargo” playbook, Franco will portray two rival twin brothers who eventually became Mob fronts for the Gambino family in midtown, rising to some prominence in their own right. Those tales – provided by a brother who passed away a few brief months before “The Deuce” began filming its pilot – form
The Deuce comes to us from HBO royalty David Simon and George Pelecanos, who both are looking to continue their streak of bringing ground-level, city-focused dramas to the network. Pelecanos has worked as a writer and producer on Simon’s The Wire and Treme, which took place in Baltimore and New Orleans, respectively. Those shows ran for several seasons, although Treme never found an audience as passionate as The Wire’s, so if The Deuce performs similarly,
The Deuce was created by George Pelecanos and David Simon. The pair will also executive produce with Nina K. Noble and James Franco. Also starring in the series are Gary Carr, Margarita Levieva, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Chris Bauer, Ghris Coy, Natalie Paul and Michael Rispoli.
“For America, flesh as a legal commodity begins in New York City, but it travels everywhere into the national life,” says Simon. “The fact is, we don’t sell a luxury car, blue jeans or bottle of beer anymore without a certain amount of pornographic thought attached.”
The Deuce follows the rise of the porn culture in
That means that all of the problems associated with porn — the misogyny, the abuse, the objectification – are featured on “The Deuce” as part of the exploration of the topic, not for gratuitous storytelling.
“You portray it by being direct,” co-creator David Simon told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It would be a mistake to look at this and think that we are in any way trafficking in misogynistic imagery or objectification as one of the currencies driving the show. That’s what the show is about. I’m not sure how you make the show and avert your eyes and clean it up.”
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Porn, whether you’re a fan or not is a billion dollar industry, so what better way to explore the rise of the seedy sex scene than an eight-episode series from HBO entitled The Deuce which is due to air later this year, fancy a taste of what to expect? See a full gallery of clean images from the new series and watch the short trailer below.
The funkadelic kinky series, which is the brainchild of The Wire creator David Simon and author George Pelecanos hasn’t pulled any punches in attaching leads in the form of James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal on a story that follows the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world at the pioneering moments of what would become the billion-dollar American sex industry.
Film is directed by Declan Dale from a screenplay written by Gee Malik Linton.
The follows a police detective who starts to investigate the truth behind his partner’s shocking death. The case becomes mysterious as he uncovers disturbing evidence of police corruption and a dangerous secret involving an unlikely young woman.
"Exposed" will be in theaters and on demand on January 22, 2016.
Have a look at the trailer and poster below.
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