Jack Huston is the man behind the mask of HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’


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Jack Huston has a lot to hide when he plays gangster Richard Harrow in HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ — particularly his face.

A tin mask with an eerily painted eye, spectacle and mustache covers Huston’s face when he plays Harrow, a horribly disfigured veteran of World War I. Although Harrow is outwardly sensitive and vulnerable, his gentle nature is counterbalanced by his viciousness as a coldblooded killer.


The role has been a breakthrough for Huston, who is part of a prominent show business family — he is the nephew of Anjelica Huston and Danny Huston, and his maternal grandfather is legendary director John Huston.

‘Taking this one has been a master class in acting,’ said Huston of his portrayal.

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