Jesse Johnson Talks KILLING LINCOLN, Portraying John Wilkes Booth, Researching and Reenacting the Assassination, Plus Upcoming Projects

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The National Geographic original scripted drama Killing Lincoln, adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book and narrated by Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, chronicles the final days of President Lincoln (Billy Campbell) and the plot devised by one of the most notorious and complex villains of all time, John Wilkes Booth (Jesse Johnson).  Booth viewed Lincoln as a tyrant eager to eradicate the Southern way of life, and took matters into his own hands, which resulted in a murder that shocked the nation.  Executive produced by Tony and Ridley Scott, the film also stars Geraldine Hughes, Graham Beckel and Shawn Pyfrom.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Jesse Johnson (the son of actors Don Johnson and Patti D’Arbanville) talked about how he came to be a part of Killing Lincoln, how he approached his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth, they type of research he did, what it was like to reenact the assassination, and his new understanding of the very complex man.  He also talked about what led him to acting, how he ended up starring in a Spanish television show, and that he’d also like to branch out into producing, writing and directing.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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