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HBO picking up Brad Pitt’s TV show based on a New Yorker article

“I do a job that’s hated by everybody and anybody on both sides of the fence, and it ain’t even doin’ that well”

Sigh. Brad Pitt is getting his own TV series (right? I though the was busy designing home furnishings) because he really took to some New Yorker article from back in 2010. The piece examines, “Letter from Buffalo,” about an ex-cocaine dealer named Jimmy who’s working as a debt collector in the Bailey-Delavan area—one of the poorest areas in the city. Despite the area’s unfortunate poverty-stricken circumstances, the debt collecting business is  a steady. The writer follows Jimmy on a normal day, where he runs his own debt collection agency. Though Jimmy admits to hating the idea of his work situation, it supports his 5 kids.

Throughout the story you get a feel for Jimmy’s past life as somewhat of a “gangster,” where he dealt large quantities of cocaine, all the way up to his present-day struggle in the debt collection biz—not t0 mention his role as “Mr. Mom,” with the kids.

So after re-examining this story, HBO of course was like, “yes! A show about a gangster? Obvi!” And then the rest was history.

(via Vulture; photo via The New Yorker)

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Kaitlin Duffy is a writer from Cleveland. When she's not blogging or pondering the great complexities of the world and outer space, she is finding rare vinyl steals, visiting new places, laughing often, Instagramming everything in sight, watching movies, or working on her first feature Port de Cleve.