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Jack Huston Explains Why ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Is a Worthy Binge-Watch 10 Years Later (Exclusive)

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If there was one actor who was supposed to be having a big month, it was Jack Huston. The English actor, most well-known for his role as Richard Harrow on Boardwalk Empire, had just come off playing American terrorist Eric Rudolph on Manhunt: Deadly Games in February and had two anticipated projects — Fargo season 4 and the film Antebellum — set for back-to-back debuts this week before the coronavirus outbreak forced both to delay their release.   

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t a bit bummed because I’m really proud of these projects,” Huston tells ET by phone from his Los Angeles home, where he’s now busy homeschooling his two young children. “I mean, Fargo and Antebellum, are just two things that I really just put my heart and soul into.”

His role as Odis Weff on season 4 of Noah Hawley’s FX anthology series reminded Huston most of his experience on Boardwalk Empirethe HBO series created by Terence Winter and executive produced by Martin Scorsese that chronicled the rise of politician Enoch Thompson during the 1920s Prohibition era. “It was an amazing character that we managed to create,” he says of Weff, a detective with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder in a time when they didn’t really understand or even know what the condition was. The upcoming season, which has been pushed back to the fall, is set in postwar-1950 Kansas City, Missouri, as a crime syndicate of African-American migrants and an Italian-American mafia family come to blows. 

While normally not a fan of watching himself onscreen, Huston is especially excited to watch the show “because I want to see all the other actors,” he says of the ensemble cast, which includes Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw and Jessie Buckley. “It’s such brilliant writing and it’s so wonderful. When we were reading it, I was like, ‘I can’t wait to see this person do that.’” 

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