11 June 2012 6:11 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Audiences were shocked last season when "Boardwalk Empire" killed off young bootlegger Jimmy Darmody, but his portrayer Michael Pitt wasn't. "It was something we talked about as early as the first season," says Pitt. "I just said to them, if he's gonna go, let's let him go out with a bang." That he did. During the second season of HBO's Prohibition-era drama, Jimmy crossed his former mentor Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) and answered for his disloyalty with a bullet to the head. Until then, Nucky had been a father figure to Jimmy. Creating that dynamic with his co-star was simple, according to Pitt, because he and Buscemi had previously starred together in the 2006 film "Delirious." "What was so amazing when I found it it was going to be Steve [cast as Nucky] and he found out it was going to be me [cast as Jimmy] is that from right when we started shooting the first season we had already develope. »

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