Tues­day The Deuce 10pm, Sky At­lantic

Sunday Herald Life - - TV & RADIO -

YOU might have thought play­ing two roles was enough, but James Franco is not an ac­tor who ever shows doubts about the lim­its of his own ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and for this episode he takes on a third: not only does he star as the dis­con­cert­ing twins Vince and Frankie, he also takes over be­hind the cam­era as di­rec­tor – and de­liv­ers an­other solid, sly, ut­terly ab­sorb­ing hour. Fol­low­ing the pros­ti­tutes, bud­ding porn stars, pimps, cops and mob­sters pa­trolling the sleazi­est sec­tion of Times Square in the early 1970s, David Si­mon’s drama doesn’t so much de­velop its plot as just spread it­self around you a lit­tle more densely each week. Candy (Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal) is at­tempt­ing to get off the streets and into the blue movie busi­ness, but her plans look to be thwarted at ev­ery turn. Mean­while, Vince and Frankie are set for the grand open­ing night of their new, Mafia-front bar. But first they have to set­tle up with the Ir­ish mob who claim to own their vend­ing ma­chines.

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