‘Boardwalk Empire’ Casts Bugsy Siegel for Season 2

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:17 pm,

Practically a shoe-in for a second season after the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot aired on HBO last year, Boardwalk Empire is announcing the casting of more famous gangsters set to appear in the series as filming on season two nears.

One tantalizing bit of casting news is the announcement that the role of Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel has gone to Rescue Me actor, Michael Zegen.

As made apparent by the above picture, Zegen will clearly portray a much younger and less experienced Siegel than the one Warren Beatty portrayed in the 1991 Barry Levinson film Bugsy. In fact, age is the reason Zegen’s ‘Bugsy’ will go by the more familiar version of Siegel’s first name, ‘Benny,’ instead of the moniker that would eventually make him infamous – as that nickname wasn’t adopted until the late 1930s.

This younger take on the ‘Bugsy’ character, described as a “tough, smart urban kid,” sounds like it will bring even more fuel to the slow burn that is Boardwalk Empire.

Watching someone develop into the person (good or bad) you know they are going to become is a staple of both powerful drama and underwhelming prequels. Clearly, this is intended to be the former. Adding some spice to the fictionalized early days of ‘Bugsy’ Siegel is the likelihood of seeing him cross paths with other gangsters that currently populate the world of Boardwalk Empire. Let us not forget that along with the semi-fictional Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), Zegen will be joining the likes of Al Capone (Stephen Graham) and Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano (Vincent Piazza), who play key parts in the criminal world of the show. Watching a burgeoning ‘Bugsy’ meet up with an unrefined Al Capone or ‘Lucky’ Luciano could be a real treat.

Buscemi and Pitt in Boarwalk Empire ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Casts Bugsy Siegel for Season 2

Zegen will join stars Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt

Thus far, HBO has done a tremendous job with the program, and while Zegen’s casting is one I’m sure very few saw coming, the success of Boardwalk Empire should leave many confident that there are some interesting plans ahead for the young crime king. Certainly the show has revealed a knack for putting character before star power, and HBO’s version of ‘Bugsy’ will greatly impact the goings on in the underground world of Boardwalk Empire.

What do you think? Are there enough gangsters in Boardwalk Empire already, or will the addition of a young ‘Bugsy’ Siegel entice you to watch?

Boardwalk Empire will begin its second season in the fall of 2011 on HBO.

Source: TV Line

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  1. loved the first season of Boardwalk Empire!! cannot wait for the second season to get to our screens!! the characters and the overall feel of the show is fantastic! Really great drama, and brilliant acting to boot, well done to Steve Buscemi is a fabulous actor, he really put his character right at you on the screen. roll on season two, it can’t get here quick enough!!! lol!!

  2. This is such a great show with amazing characterizations! I never thought of Steve Buscemi as sexy before, but he brings it all on Boardwalk.


  4. I truely think that this is a great series and regardsless that most people out there thinks that it does not come near saprano’s I think it wasn’t meant to match or compare in the first place. Infact the gangs in saprano’s time derived from the times when Nucky thompson, Bugsy siegal and Al Capon were alive. I think Jimmy/James has the potential to take the place of Nucky his very reasonable when it comes to negotiations and a true gangster but can’t wait for season two, to get a feel for Bugsy

  5. we love the show and are anxiously waiting for season two.

  6. I noticed on the teaser for season 2 Richard Harrows mask is painted to match his other side. I want to make a guess that Jimmys wife painted it for him (Harrow) as a gift.
    If not, that would have been a nice touch to the story I think.

  7. As far as there being enough gangsters already. They are being killed off quickly so it might not hurt to keep the supply comin’.

  8. allready on :)

  9. what an amazing show down to the last detail, amazing casting that is how on screen magic is created
    thanks HBO

  10. love gangster movies need new faces hit me up!

  11. love gangster movies need new faces hit me up! I will play any other gangster:)