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Maggie Gyllenhaal goes topless in HBO’s The Deuce

HBO’s upcoming show The Deuce will apparently leave little to the imagination.

New stills from the pilot show Maggie Gyllenhaal, 39, opening her top over no bra while in character as 1970s Times Square prostitute Candy.

A young male character – presumably a client – gapes at blonde-permed Candy, whose real name is Eileen Merrell, as she grabs her own breasts.

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Incoming: New stills from the pilot of HBO's The Deuce show Maggie Gyllenhaal, 39, opening her top over no bra while in character as 1970s Times Square prostitute Candy

Incoming: New stills from the pilot of HBO's The Deuce show Maggie Gyllenhaal, 39, opening her top over no bra while in character as 1970s Times Square prostitute Candy

Incoming: New stills from the pilot of HBO’s The Deuce show Maggie Gyllenhaal, 39, opening her top over no bra while in character as 1970s Times Square prostitute Candy

Per a trailer for the series, Candy ventures from prostitution into the newly legal porn business, ultimately making her way behind the camera.

Along with stills of this encounter is one of James Franco, 39, who stars as the crime-scene-embroiled Martino twins Vincent and Frankie.

In that image, one of the mustached twins and a character called Ellen – played by Amber Skye Noyes – look rather alarmed as they lie topless in bed.

Per a trailer for the series, Candy ventures from prostitution into the newly legal porn business, ultimately making her way behind the camera

Per a trailer for the series, Candy ventures from prostitution into the newly legal porn business, ultimately making her way behind the camera

Per a trailer for the series, Candy ventures from prostitution into the newly legal porn business, ultimately making her way behind the camera

The Deuce, which will begin airing its eight-episode inaugural season on HBO come September 10, was co-created by The Wire creator David Simon and by George Pelacanos, who was himself a writer and producer on The Wire.

Based largely around Times Square, the show follows the era’s burgeoning porn business there, and Maggie’s held forth to Vulture about her nude scenes in it.

‘Sometimes I do feel a little bit worried about the nudity being out there, but at the same time, I think that I’m using my body to make something really interesting, and I like the message that that sends my daughters,’ she explained to the site.

Arc: Per a trailer for the series, Candy ventures from prostitution into the newly legal porn business, ultimately making her way behind the camera

Arc: Per a trailer for the series, Candy ventures from prostitution into the newly legal porn business, ultimately making her way behind the camera

Arc: Per a trailer for the series, Candy ventures from prostitution into the newly legal porn business, ultimately making her way behind the camera

The New York City native reminisced that, to her, HBO’s acceding to her request for a producer credit ‘was a non-explicit way of saying: “This is a feminist project.”‘

Maggie spoke to 1970s prostitutes while preparing for the role, and told Vulture: ‘There’s this fake power structure for prostitutes where you go: “I’m in charge, I’m going to set the price, I’m going to set the boundaries,” and yet you’re alone in a room with someone that could rape you if they wanted to.’

She went on: ‘I think that’s troubling, and I think that requires an amount of dissociation that makes it impossible to keep your mind intact,’ also discussing the fact filming went on as last year’s U.S. election campaigns thundered along.

‘We would be watching the debates at lunch. I feel like my sense of sexism in relation to my own life got much clearer.’ she’s theorized, adding that ‘to be playing a prostitute who is dealing with herself in relation to her sexuality, her money, her art, her intellect, was pretty fascinating.’ 

What's off-screen?: James Franco, who stars as Martino twins Vincent and Frankie, is seen in one still alongside a character called Ellen played by Amber Skye Noyes 

What's off-screen?: James Franco, who stars as Martino twins Vincent and Frankie, is seen in one still alongside a character called Ellen played by Amber Skye Noyes 

What’s off-screen?: James Franco, who stars as Martino twins Vincent and Frankie, is seen in one still alongside a character called Ellen played by Amber Skye Noyes 

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