'Hell On Wheels' Star Anson Mount Talks Season 3 Of The AMC Series
We were fortunate enough to catch up with Anson Mount on the phone to talk about AMC's hit series Hell on Wheels. For the few of you who don't know, Hell on Wheels is a Western television series in its third season. Set in the 1800's, the series centers on the settlement that accompanied the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, referred to as "Hell on Wheels." Anson plays the main character, Cullen Bohannan, a former soldier and extremely determined man on a hunt to avenge his murdered wife and son.
The series is averaging three million viewers an episode and is gaining popularity at a rapid rate, it's scheduled for a two hour premiere Saturday, August 10th at 9/8c.
Here's actor Anson Mount who plays one of TV's 'baddest' vigilantes.
How has it been being back to work on this project again?
Anson Mount: It's the best job of my life! I love riding the horses and being out here in beautiful Calgary shooting the series. I absolutely love everything about what I do.
I heard John Wirth is the new executive producer of the show; how is that going?
AM: Wonderful. I think he's doing a wonderful job. He's a great writer and he's a great director. He fits right in with everything going on and has a great vision for the show.
I read you always wanted to do a western. Where do you get your inspiration from to play a character like Bohannan?
AM: When you do a TV show, you put in such long hours you don't really have a lot time to 'get into character.' While not on set, I'm constantly talking to the producers or the director or rehearsing. I'm being pulled a thousand ways so I don't have time to 'get into character.' I guess I just 'slip him on' when it's time to start filming.
What went through your head when you heard Shiban was stepping down as Executive Producer?
AM: I wasn't terribly surprised. We had a rough year. I knew he had enough of everything going on. I believe he wanted to focus on one of his own babies (referring to one of his own projects).
Can we expect to see more seasons in the future?
AM: It all depends on the numbers. The production company will only order another season if this season does well. We'll have to wait and see.
What's your favorite Western?
AM: Hmm, I guess I would have to say, Unforgiven.
Do you have any other projects you are currently working on?
AM: To be honest, I don't really have much time to do anything else. I did a film called Non-Stop with Liam Neeson recently that is set to come out in February if I'm not mistaken. But other than that, no, I'm just focusing on the show.
Is there anybody in particular that you would like to work with?
AM: That's a good question. There's a lot of great talent out there and would love to work with so many people but if I only had to choose three; I would want to do a movie with: David Lynch, a stage play with: Paul Giamatti, and a TV show with: Bryan Cranston.
What kind of music or artist do you currently have saved in your iPod?
AM: Ha-ha, let me see.. I have The Dreamer/The Believer (Common), some David Bowie, Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series and some José Gonzalez. You should really check out José Gonzalez. He is one of my favorites!
Catch the two hour premiere Saturday, August 10th at 9/8c on AMC.
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