Monday, January 28, 2013

Hell on Wheels - AMC TV: Q & A with Ryan Robbins

Source: AMC TV [follow link for complete Q & A]



In this interview for, Ryan Robbins, who plays Hawkins on AMC's Hell on Wheels, talks about bonding with Anson Mount over 1860s weapons and the technical side of his character's execution scene...


Anson Mount and Ryan Robbins from 'The Railroad Job' on Hell on Wheels

... Q: You've done a lot of scifi TV shows. What drew you to Hell on Wheels?

Ryan Robbins: "I've always loved a good Western. I started watching the show for Chris [Heyerdahl] and got hooked immediately. It's such a good show and AMC is an amazing network. I jumped at the chance to be a part of the family."

Q: You said on Twitter that Christopher Heyerdahl is one of your all-time favorite co-stars. Why is that?

Ryan Robbins: "Chris and I did Sanctuary together for a total of five years and we became really good friends. I always tell people that Chris was there when my daughter took her first steps. He's just a great guy and an incredible actor."

Q: What is the training like to use 1860s guns for a show like Hell on Wheels?

Ryan Robbins: "I love history and learning how to use those particular tools, which is effectively what they are. I felt like Anson [Mount, who plays Cullen Bohannon] was the same way. We would sit down together and take the weapons apart and put them back together. It ended up being really beneficial. In that shootout in the end between Cullen and Hawkins, we ended up working it out much differently than it was written because those old pistols, you can't just simply reload like you would now. It's a big process..."

Hell on Wheels season three premieres on AMC TV in Summer of 2013.


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