Michael Pitt Discusses Shocking Season 2 'Boardwalk Empire' Finale

December 12, 2011 By:
Michael Pitt Discusses Shocking Season 2 'Boardwalk Empire' Finale

Attention Boardwalk Empire fans, SPOILER ALERT! Huge spoiler alerts ahead, especially if you haven’t checked out the Boardwalk Empire Season 2 finale yet.

Okay, they’re gone, now we can talk about this. How shocking was it that they actually killed off Jimmy Darmondy? Michael Pitt, who plays Darmondy on the show, warned Hollyscoop to expect shocking things to happen this season:

“It’s going to be very intense, very exciting, very shocking,” Pitt told Hollyscoop recently.

The finale premiered Sunday night, and fans were both surprised and outraged, taking to Twitter to express their thoughts on the drama that ensued.

Jimmy was shot by his makeshift father and former mentor, Nucky Thompson, who is played by Steve Buscemi. Pitt’s character on the show was a fan favorite.

Showrunner Terence Winter says that the decision to kill off Jimmy was necessary in order for Nucky to turn from “half a gangster into being a full gangster.”

And Pitt seems to be okay with it, too. “I like it,” he said of the decision. “As much as I will miss working with everyone on this incredible project, I thought that it would be very shocking and I’m always drawn to that.”

Michael told Hollyscoop: “The cast is like, an amazing cast that was assembled for this televsion show.” He called his time on Boardwalk Empire “a dream.”

“I feel really blessed,” he told us.

Back in October, it was rumored that Pitt became “difficult” to work with. Deadline.com reported that they received a call telling them that United Talent Agency fired Pitt because “he’s really difficult on set and otherwise.” He split with the talent agent in the midst of a claim that he was becoming a demanding diva, but Boardwalk Empire said the rumor is “absolutely not true.”

“Michael is a total professional,” Winter says. “He’s intense, of course, but I don’t think you can do that job without being intense.”

Pitt said, “I’m confident that I will be judged by my performance and not by the ‘he said, she said.’”

He told Hollyscoop that on set, the actors “laugh all the time. Steve Buscemi is a huge joker.”

Pitt looks back on his time on the show saying, “Every morning I remember thinking that it is so amazing to wake up in Brooklyn, drive 20 minutes to a set, and work with such excellent professionals.”

Not sure if Boardwalk Empire will be the same without him, but one thing's for sure--they got our attention.