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Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Maggie Gyllenhaal defends keeping James Franco on The Deuce following sexual misconduct allegations
Source: The Cut
“I feel like it would’ve been the wrong consequence to those accusations to shut our show down," she said in an interview on SiriusXM's Sway in the Morning. It would’ve been like actually the opposite of the right thing to do,” Gyllenhaal “And yet, you know, look, I believe that there should be consequences for disrespecting or assaulting women. Of course, I do.” She added: “You know, we at the time that the accusations against James came out in the L.A. Times we read them all, we took them very seriously. We spoke to every woman on the crew and in the cast to find out if they felt respected and what their experience of working with James was and everyone said that they had been totally respected by him.”
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 4:08PM EDT
HBO renews The Deuce for a third and final season
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The David Simon 1970s porn drama starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal has been given a third season to wrap things up after performing with modest ratings. "We're always conjuring the last scene before we write the first," tweeted Simon. "So much the better when we work for people who allow us to consistently plan, arc and execute as intended. Thanks, @HBO, for the third and final season renewal and the chance for #thedeuce to tell its full story."
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
The Deuce Season 2 struggles with its "James Franco problem"
Source: Vanity Fair
Franco's appearance as two characters months after he was hit with sexual misconduct accusations "works directly against the premise of The Deuce, which seeks to illuminate the hidden corners of an exploitative, but exciting industry," says Sonia Soraiya. She adds of The Deuce, which returns for Season 2 on Sunday: "It's maddening to watch his portrayal of the two Martino brothers—one an a**hole, one slightly less of an a**hole—because it seems to be a brazen reminder to the viewer that six public accusations have not touched his Hollywood career."
- Season 2 maintains The Deuce's brilliant writing, immersive atmosphere and uncommonly excellent acting
- Female characters evolve in Season 2, while the male characters stay the same
- The two most powerful moments in the first four episodes are about women, power and patriarchy
- Season 2 feels lighter -- or at least has a lighter touch — than most of season one
- Maggie Gyllenhaal is operating on a whole other level in Season 2
- Dominique Fishback on playing a Deuce sex worker: "I don’t know that I’m drawn to gritty characters; I think they’re drawn to me"
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
James Franco is conspicuously missing from HBO's The Deuce premiere date announcement
HBO tweeted the first promo pic of Season 2, announcing that the 1970s-set David Simon New York City porn drama will return on Sept. 9. But Franco, who was accused of sexual misconduct earlier this year, is nowhere to be found in the image accompanying the announcement. Instead, the promo shows Maggie Gyllenhaal. According to TVLine, "HBO declined to comment, but a source for the cabler tells TVLine that the image accompanying the announcement is merely one of several Season 2 photos set to be released. The insider also stressed that the picture is not the official key art."
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Maggie Gyllenhaal fought to get The Deuce to film a masturbation scene that was eventually cut
Source: The Muse
When she found out the scene was cut, Gyllenhaal wrote a lengthy email to her fellow producers, asking: "Where is the orgasm?"
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Maggie Gyllenhaal got tired of doing her sex scenes on The Deuce
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“There’s so much transactional sex,” she said of her Season 1 experience at the Vulture Festival. “I was a part of so many scenes where I would like, meet an actor who had one scene, we would have a sex scene together, and then they would leave and that would be it. And it felt very much like what Candy’s doing, it was like a transaction and then you’re on to the next thing…. I did get a little tired of it by the end of The Deuce to be completely honest. And I think part of that is how Candy felt. By the end of The Deuce, she was like, ‘I’m f*cking over it.’”
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 9:37PM EDT
The Deuce concludes Season 1 looking like The Wire’s “shaggy, debauched sibling”
HBO ’70s porn drama, says Willa Paskin, “provides a panoramic view of all the ways women were exploited at the dawn of the porn age by mobsters, cops, City Hall, pimps, nascent pornographers, sex shops, and themselves. As in The Wire, structural institutions and historical inheritances work with and against each other to create dysfunctional systems so powerful it is nearly impossible to escape them. But there’s a difference between The Wire and The Deuce: Sex can be bought and paid for, but unlike the hard drugs at the center of The Wire it is not only a commodity. Sex can be fun and so can The Deuce, which only lends veracity to the show’s cumulatively damning perspective on the sex trade.”
- The Deuce isn’t about sex — it’s about capitalism
- It took guts for David Simon & Co. to take the risk it did with the season finale
- The Deuce is like an intentional endurance test: “It’s as far from escapism as a drama can get and still be watchable”
- The Deuce can be frustrating to watch, as it asks viewers for their patience
- How The Deuce set designer re-created 1970s New York City
- Maggie Gyllenhaal of also serving as a producer: “I have to have some sort of guarantee that I’ll be part of the storytelling”
Posted Monday 10/02/17 at 8:13PM EDT
Maggie Gyllenhaal is the real star of The Deuce
The women so far have been the most interesting part of David Simon’s 1970s porn drama, with Gyllenhaal’s Candy leading the way. Her performance especially stands out in comparison to James Franco’s unwieldy twin roles.
Posted Friday 9/08/17 at 11:02PM EDT
HBO’s The Deuce is no exercise in misplaced nostalgia — unlike Vinyl, it refuses to glamorize ’70s New York
Source: The New Republic
“If nothing else, The Deuce shows the ’70s as a hell that no one should want to return to, even if it was a hotbed of creativity,” says Rachel Syme. She adds: “No one on The Deuce is having much fun. The sex isn’t prurient, but it isn’t always joyless. The clothes are mostly shabby, the porn shoots are low-budget, the bars are raucous only when a glam band rolls through. But importantly, everyone remains stuck on the same block, living shoulder to shoulder, forced to confront one another. The Deuce is about intractability and cycles; the vortex of poverty and pain that characterized the city in the bankrupt era. Some people manage to get out with plucky innovation; some never will.”
PLUS: The Deuce re-creates “this world so it can study it on a personal and communal level, rather than ogle it like a perv,” it’s impeccably acted, written, and directed, The Deuce’s dramatized climate of vice functions like the narcotics it so unflinchingly depicts, David Simon has created his most accessible work of humanism to date, it is TV that America needs to understand how we got where we are in 2017, The Deuce is the rightful heir to The Wire, the problem is the plot is either irrelevant or seemingly nonexistent, Campbell's Soup was used as stand-in for semen, David Simon explains why he wanted to tackle the ‘70s porn industry, how Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren ended up working on her first non-action project, why Maggie Gyllenhaal fought for a producing credit, and James Franco always wanted to work with David Simon, even trying to land a role in Show Me a Hero.