Nan Goldin Is Her Own Worst Critic in Surprise TV Cameo with James Franco
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Nan Goldin Is Her Own Worst Critic in Surprise TV Cameo with James Franco

James Franco as Vincent Martino and Nan Goldin (photo Credit: Paul Schiraldi / HBO) Leering at the photographs mounted upon the seedy walls of a back-alley bar in the Times Square of 1977 is present-day Nan Goldin, grimly assessing the work of her younger self. “They call that art? I coulda done that,” she mutters to the barkeep, Vincent Martino. This may sound like some twisted scenario from The Twilight Zone , but its actually a scene from an episode of HBO’s critically-acclaimed account of the pornography industry’s rise through the seventies and eighties, called The Deuce . Having the famous photographer appear on an episode of the HBO drama was something of a pipe dream for the show’s co-creator, David Simon, who’s also the mastermind behind The Wire . On Twitter, he explained that Goldin’s images of 1970s Times Square heavily inspired everything on the show — from the costume department to storyboarding. What do you have to do to get the great Nan Goldin to do a big fat meta-cameo on your television drama? You have to study her photographs of 1970s Times Square and inject the raw DNA into your film sets, your wardrobe department, your […]

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