Working with Scorsese, 'Boardwalk Empire' cast members is special for Oklahoma native

Oklahoma native Paul Sparks shares his thoughts on working on the HBO drama “Boardwalk Empire” with Martin Scorsese, Steve Buscemi and Michael Shannon.
BY MELISSA HAYER mhayer@opubco.com Published: September 27, 2013
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Here's what Oklahoma native Paul Sparks had to say about working with Martin Scorsese, Steve Buscemi and Michael Shannon on the award-winning HBO series “Boardwalk Empire”:

• On Scorsese: “That was one of the most terrifying, and yet, it was a huge learning experience, because, of course, it's Martin Scorsese. ... You're like, ‘How am I working with this legendary person?' And he has a ton of energy, and he's very, very meticulous and smart. ... He has crazy stories about famous people, that you just can't believe it. He's constantly telling those things and reassuring everybody who he knows are kind of like nervous and stressed out that he's going to be mad at them or something, I don't know. But he's very good about saying, ‘You know we're going to get this.' I can hear him talking, going (imitating Scorsese's' voice), ‘Hey, we're going to get this. Don't worry. We won't leave until we do.' He's very comforting in that way. I will say that when I auditioned for him that I'm pretty sure I kind of blacked out while I was in the room (laughs), so I'm not sure what happened in there or how I got the part. But I know that when we worked together on the actual day, that it was very pleasant.”

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