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“Our Aim Is to Get at the Essence of the Truth”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘Godfather of Harlem’s’ Forest Whitaker, Giancarlo Esposito, Co-Creators

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The Hollywood Reporter
 2021-06-18
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The team behind the Epix period series talks about the blending of fact and fiction in the historical drama. The real-life figure of drug kingpin Bumpy Johnson, or versions of him, has been played in a number of movies over the years, most notably in Shaft, Escape from Alcatraz, The Cotton Club and American Gangster—as a supporting character. But in Godfather of Harlem, the crime drama series on Epix, he takes center stage.

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