Warning: Slight spoilers discussed.
I haven’t been this excited about a Western since Deadwood. I know that probably sets the bar unreasonably high so I’m trying to lower my own expectations. What I’m very interested in learning about – besides the backstory of the two leads – is more about the building of the transcontinental railroad. I know it won’t be pretty and it won’t be easy. Set post-Civil war, the country is in chaos. The slaves have been emancipated, the country is trying to heal itself, enterprising and lawless men are trying to make their fortunes, and immigrants are trying to make a better live for themselves. I’m sure this series will be quite a ride.
Actor: Anson Mount from Dollhouse and Conviction (and Crossroads with Britney Spears)
Hell on Wheels Character: Cullen Bohannan, a former Confederate soldier set on revenging the rape and murder of his wife
Hell on Whells Assessment: With nothing left to lose, Bohannan is a man in crisis. His need for revenge fuels him but he’s already tiring of all the death and destruction he’s seen since his Civil War days.
The Crush Factor: I’m more used to seeing him like this:
…but the look he has going on for Hell on Wheels is still pretty hot. He’s damaged, not only by the war but by the loss of his wife. There’s something about a broken man that can appeal to a person’s heart, especially if that person is easy on the eyes. In real life he’s got a killer smile which transforms his whole face. And the rest of him isn’t too bad either. I wonder when we’ll see him shed some of that tough exterior on the show – and by extension some of those clothes. Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.
Actor: Common of Single Ladies and Girlfriends
Hell on Wheels Character: Elam Ferguson, a biracial emancipated slave determined to find his place in the world
Hell on Wheels Assessment: Elam’s “free” existence may not be that different from his slave life. It’ll be interesting to see this post-Civil War world from his perspective.
The Crush Factor: This is how I’m used to seeing the rapper/actor:
Common’s a formidable presence. He has this confidence about him that is utterly sexy and irresistible. He’s co-starred in several movies and done some guest-star shots on TV, but I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s going to do as a regular on this new AMC series. Whether he’s rapping or acting, he’s a man of substance. He’s a man with a distinct voice. So he may be the perfect guy to take on such a challenging role.
Hell on Wheels premieres Sunday, November 6 at 10/9c on AMC.
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