HBO has been home to several of the most innovative and influential dramas on TV, including series like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and Westworld. So expectations are high for The Deuce, starring and produced by Oscar-nominated actors James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The show, which chronicles the legalization and rise of New York City’s porn industry in the 1970s, promises to be a gritty and realistic take on the subject, not shying away from the rampant violence and drug use that were part of the scene.

Franco actually plays two characters — twin brothers — on the show. They’re based on real people, and Franco told us that it was the colorful stories told by one of the brothers that lend a lot of authenticity to the project. (Click on the media bar below to hear James Franco)

The Deuce airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on HBO.

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