We all know how Southie is on the entertainment radar – dead and center. From Good Will Hunting to The Departed and then to reality shows like the soon-to-air Southie Rules, South Boston is Hollywood’s favorite backdrop – especially if it involves something on the grittier side.
Showtime, the cable network that brought you the critically acclaimed show and popular show Homeland is partnering up with Robert DeNiro to create a new drama series, 4th Reich. Described as American History X meets The Town, 4th Reich is a thriller about a faction of the neo-Nazi movement and set in – where else – South Boston. According to the Boston Herald’s Inside Track, this is ruffling a lot of local politicians feathers. http://bostonherald.com/inside_track/inside_track/2013/01/robert_de%E2%80%89niro%E2%80%99s_neo_nazi_southie_series_has_pols_arms
Does it surprise us that someone is developing a fictionalized drama for a major cable network with Southie as the backdrop? Not at all, South Boston is hot right now. Is the subject of the 4th Reich ideal? When are neo-Nazi ever ideal – that subject is alway going to be controversial. But we have to remember it’s fiction. And to repeat the quote, we gave to the Boston Herald, “Do I think that after watching ‘4th Reich’ that America will think all people from South Boston are all neo-Nazis? Of course not. It would be the same as believing that all POWs are a threat to America just because you watched ‘Homeland.”
Stay strong, Southie!