Scorsese Snubbed Boardwalk Empire Offers

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September 23, 2010 | 2:45pm EST

Martin Scorsese initially snubbed offers to produce his latest hit, U.S. TV series Boardwalk Empire – until Mark Wahlberg convinced him to reconsider.
The period-piece crime drama, starring Steve Buscemi, debuted in America on Sunday to rave reviews and big ratings.

But Wahlberg, Boardwalk Empire’s co-executive producer, admits convincing the veteran director to get involved wasn’t easy.

He tells the New York Post, “I’m actually responsible for this TV series. It started when I read the book. I thought it was great. I immediately called Scorsese. I knew this was his vehicle. He wasn’t interested. I said, ‘Marty, you have to read this. Gangsters, drama, your kind of thing.’ I kept at it. I never let up. Finally, he read it and loved it… I convinced him.”

And Wahlberg insists Scorsese hasn’t looked back since: “Now he says, ‘It makes me feel I’m back in the 1970s.'”