Jack Huston: Nobody’s safe on ‘Boardwalk Empire’
In the first season of “Boardwalk Empire,” Jack Huston gave a memorable guest performance as Richard Harrow, a troubled, lonely war veteran who has to wear a mask to cover his disfigured face. Talking to Gold Derby, Huston revealed, “there’s never really been a character like him on television … I found real heart within him … initially its crazy when you first saw that mask, and that face. It was disconcerting to say the least. So it was a hell of a character for them to decide on.”
Huston was promoted to the regular cast for the second season and admits getting that news, “was one of the nicest phone calls I ever got. I was so happy … the chance to get to play more of him and discover more of Richard Harrow is a dream … from three episodes, now we’re in season three. It’s great.” And being part of the regular cast, “you feel like part of a family … it sort of feels like you’ve just been accepted as a new adopted son or brother or something and it’s a really great feeling there.”
However, being on “Boardwalk Empire” can be stressful. As he explains, “we get so nervous … that’s one of the genius points of the show … No one’s safe, anyone can die… we get the scripts and you’re sort of waiting to turn the page and you’re like ‘Oh my God. I made it. Jesus.’ It’s pretty difficult for all of us.” But, as he readily allows “that’s part of the fun of it.”
He will be submitting in the competitive category of Best Drama Supporting Actor. Reflecting on what a nomination would mean, he says, “it would be lovely. Obviously, I think anybody would be over the moon to get a nomination. I’m really happy about the work we did no matter what and whatever happens, happens. So I’m excited.” If nominated, he plans to submit the fifth episode of the season, ‘Gimcrack & Bunkun.’ In this episode his character contemplates suicide and brutally scalps Jackson Pankhurst.