When the Golden Globes awarded Oscar Isaac with Best Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries, I said to myself, “I should probably see that.” I’m so glad I did. It turns out the show depicts Yonkers, NY in the late 1980s. I was a small child growing up about 30 minutes away at the time.
Show Me a Hero was directed by Paul Haggis, who wrote Blunt Talk, which you know I love. I watched all six episodes in one day. Since they originally aired two hourlong episodes at a time, each pair has an accompanying message from the director, something he also did for each episode of Blunt Talk.
Here is a really good straight to the point interview from the creator, David Simon, who is also the creator of “The Wire.” (Just a hint towards the future: his next series for HBO is James Franco’s “The Deuce,” directed by Michelle MacLaren, and with Dominique Fishback who played Billie.)
The phrase the title is built from: “Show me a hero, and I’ll show you a tragedy.”