ByRachael Kaines, writer at Creators.co
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Look away, squares, because David Simon's new 70s porn drama The Deuce is bursting with nudity. Also James Franco. James Franco twice, as twins. Lots of James Franco.

The pilot of HBO's new drama The Deuce aired this weekend and it was oozing with Seventies cool. Pimp canes, mustaches, and female and male nudity lent verisimilitude to this costume drama about the rise of the porn industry in the Seventies in New York City.

Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce is immediately much more accessible than any of Simon's previous work. The Wire is considered one of the greatest shows of all time, but the difficult vernacular and complex storytelling make it one of the hardest to follow. Treme was similarly fantastic, set in a post-Katrina New Orleans and dripping in jazz, but was also verging on hard work on the part of the viewers. The Deuce is much more easy-going, but keeps the slow pace of Simon's previous shows.

'The Deuce' [Credit: HBO].
'The Deuce' [Credit: HBO].

The Deuce features an impressive ensemble cast of both familiar faces and newcomers. James Franco is engaging as both Vincent Martino, a man working two jobs to support a family, and his twin brother Frankie, who's busy hiding from gambling debts accrued all over the city. Maggie Gyllenhaal also stars as Eileen “Candy” Merrell, an independent working girl who easily looks to be the most interesting character so far. The wider ensemble cast includes familiar faces from The Wire: Gbenga Akinnagbe, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Chris Bauer, and Method Man.

The show is about pornography and features a lot of sex, as well as prostitution, pimping and with that, violence and sexual violence. Simon has been very clear about the gender politics within the show: "We're not using misogyny as a currency to get you interested, if we did that, we failed." Gyllenhaal also had things to say about the misogyny some would think inherent in a show about pornography:

"We have to lay this on the table and do it in a way that’s thoughtful and smart and also real, that includes having to see some things that look violent and uncomfortable. But, I think, if you don’t put that on the table and take a really good look at it, nothing will change and nothing will shift."

Check out the trailer below:

Tell us in the comments: What did you think of the pilot of The Deuce?

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian)

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