(CBS Native)– Ethan Hawke is among the most gifted actors in Hollywood and on Sunday, October four viewers will get to witness the vary of his appearing potential within the new Showtime restricted collection “The Good Lord Fowl.” The seven-part collection relies off the guide with the identical identify 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 various causes.
“It was a fantastic honor to be sincere with you. The story of the Harpers Ferry raid in America is one which has by no means actually been dramatized,” mentioned Hawke, in an interview with CBS Native’s DJ Sixsmith. “There’s no different motion pictures. You’d assume with how necessary an occasion it was… a pair dozen guys go and take over the US armory and begin a Civil Conflict. Folks don’t wish to speak about it as a result of it’s such a lightning rod. To essentially have a look at this story, you need to have a look at a variety 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.”
“Probably the most fascinating a part of the present to me was bringing the character of Onion to life,” mentioned Johnson. “He’s such an attention-grabbing and sophisticated character. I used to be actually wanting ahead to breaking down the character and bringing him throughout the display in the easiest way potential.”
Though Johnson is simply getting going within the TV sport, the actor had the foremost duty 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,” mentioned Johnson. “As soon as I put my thoughts into that point interval and forgot about trendy 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 a variety of superb characters through the years, he says that this one feels extra necessary given the dialog that’s occurring proper now on this nation about racial injustice.
“The muse of this nation was constructed on a criminal offense,” mentioned Hawke. “All of us wish to really feel like we’ve checked out it and handled it, mentioned sorry and moved on. But when we don’t actually have 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 type of experiences the place you learn a guide and I couldn’t consider I didn’t know extra about all of this. I discovered it so attention-grabbing and I knew different individuals would. I stored wanting to provide the guide to individuals. I feel good artwork has an influence to heal and provides individuals a standard language to have a dialog.”
Watch “The Good Lord Fowl,” Sunday, October four at 9 p.m. EST/PST and watch all of DJ Sixsmith’s interviews from “The Sit-Down” collection right here.