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.

Geraldine Hughes Talks KILLING LINCOLN, How She Views Mary Todd Lincoln, and Period Costumes

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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, actress Geraldine Hughes, who plays Mary Todd Lincoln, talked about how she came to be a part of this film, what she did to recover from the emotional exhaustion once she was done with the role, how she viewed Mary Todd Lincoln, what it was like to wear these costumes, and how surreal it was to relive such a historical moment.  She also talked about how she originally became an actor, what she looks for in a project, and the experience of doing her one-woman show, Belfast Blues.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Billy Campbell Talks KILLING LINCOLN, Taking on the Iconic Figure, Putting on the Hat and Reenacting the Assassination, Plus Season 3 of AMC’s THE KILLING

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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 Billy Campbell talked about how this role came about for him, whether he had any hesitation about taking on such an iconic historical figure, what it was like to put on the wardrobe and hat for the first time, getting to shoot in some of the actual places that Lincoln was in, how grueling it was to reenact the assassination, working with this great cast, showing Lincoln’s human side, and how creatively fulfilling this project was.  He also talked about how thrilled he is that The Killing will be back for Season 3 on AMC and how interested he is to see where the story goes, even though he’s not returning.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

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