(CBS Native)– Ethan Hawke is without doubt one of the most proficient actors in Hollywood and on Sunday, October four viewers will get to witness the vary of his appearing capacity within the new Showtime restricted sequence “The Good Lord Hen.” The seven-part sequence relies off the e-book with the identical title by James McBride and tells the story of an abolitionist named John Brown, who traveled the nation with a gaggle of freedom fighters to finish slavery.
Hawke stars within the present as Brown, Daveed Diggs from “Hamilton” performs Frederick Douglass and newcomer Joshua Caleb Johnson performs Onion, a former slave who’s taken in by Brown and his crew. For each Hawke and Johnson, this venture was an unbelievable expertise for quite a few causes.
“It was an ideal honor to be trustworthy with you. The story of the Harpers Ferry raid in America is one which has by no means actually been dramatized,” stated Hawke, in an interview with CBS Native’s DJ Sixsmith. “There’s no different films. You’d suppose with how necessary an occasion it was… a pair dozen guys go and take over america armory and begin a Civil Conflict. Folks don’t need to speak about it as a result of it’s such a lightning rod. To actually take a look at this story, it’s important to take a look at quite a lot of ache that this nation was constructed on. It’s a scary story and what James McBride does is inform it with a lot love and humor.”
“Essentially the most fascinating a part of the present to me was bringing the character of Onion to life,” stated Johnson. “He’s such an fascinating and sophisticated character. I used to be actually wanting ahead to breaking down the character and bringing him throughout the display screen in the easiest way attainable.”
Though Johnson is simply getting going within the TV sport, the actor had the foremost accountability on this present of displaying what some slaves needed to do to outlive throughout this time interval. Johnson’s character Onion pretends to be a woman with a view to persist with Brown’s crew.
“It was very enjoyable for me to play the character like that,” stated Johnson. “As soon as I put my thoughts into that point interval and forgot about fashionable Joshua and what he likes and what he desires to do and put my thoughts into Onion and his motivation is to purely survive. It doesn’t actually matter what it takes to outlive so long as he survives.”
Whereas Hawke has performed quite a lot of superb characters over time, he says that this one feels extra necessary given the dialog that’s occurring proper now on this nation about racial injustice.
“The inspiration of this nation was constructed on a criminal offense,” stated Hawke. “All of us need to really feel like we’ve checked out it and handled it, stated sorry and moved on. But when we don’t actually take a look at it, actually speak about it and actually heal it, we’re going to maintain affected by this crime and injustice of the way in which the nation was constructed and the way in which it continues to harm individuals. It hurts all of us. It was a kind of experiences the place you learn a e-book and I couldn’t imagine I didn’t know extra about all of this. I discovered it so fascinating and I knew different individuals would. I saved wanting to present the e-book to individuals. I believe good artwork has an influence to heal and provides individuals a typical language to have a dialog.”
Watch “The Good Lord Hen,” Sunday, October four at 9 p.m. EST/PST and watch all of DJ Sixsmith’s interviews from “The Sit-Down” sequence right here.