Whether you know him from HBO's Boardwalk Empire or Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys adaptation, it's clear that Vincent Piazza is having quite the year. Since joining the cast of Boardwalk Empire, the 38-year-old actor has caught the attention of millions for his portrayal of real-life mobster Lucky Luciano, slated to be a prime character in the show's upcoming final season.
On his character's importance and rise to power in Season 5, Piazza hinted at big things in store for Luciano. "Without giving too much away, I think we get to see [Lucky] mature a bit," he said.
"The character has evolved–initially he was this thug, a young guy on the street trying to find his way and understand what he wanted. And he has a real clear focus now, and we get to see him try to execute it."
The Queens, NY native also discussed what it was like shooting the final season, which premieres this Sunday, September 7. While many HBO drama characters are killed off early on, Luciano has lived through the entire series—does he think Boardwalk could have gone on for another season or two?
"I think they could've [extended the series]," he said, "but I thought they made a great choice. To bookend the show with going into the Roaring 20's and then coming out of it, you know, this early part of the Great Depression–it was a really great way to tie it all up."