Want to experience the Old West in style? Enter to win a trip for two to the Hell on Wheels set in Calgary, Canada for the ultimate Old West experience hosted by series star Anson Mount. As Anson’s special guest, the winner will go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hell on Wheels set to meet the cast and watch the filming of scenes from an upcoming Season 4 episode. Anson will also take the winner fly fishing, skeet shooting, trap shooting, and horseback riding, and the day will conclude with dinner served in Hell on Wheels‘s own Palmer Hotel, featuring a six-course meal prepared by chef Ned Bell and a wine tasting from Ehlers Winery of Napa Valley. The prize package also includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations at The Westin Hotel Calgary, and ground transportation. Every entry benefits the Fighting Duchenne Foundation, established to help find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
This event is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with AMC FILM HOLDINGS, AMC Network Entertainment LLC, or any of its partners or licensees for Hell on Wheels.
Hell on Wheels airs Saturdays at 9/8c on AMC.
• Entertainment Weekly reports that Anson Mount has joined the voice cast of The Evil Within, a video game from Bethesda Softworks.
• CarterMatt.com notes that the ratings for Season 4, Episode 3, “Chicken Hill,” did well: “This is great news for all those hoping to see the show renewed, and we still feel like it will if this trend continues from start to finish.”
• CarterMatt.com previews Season 4, Episode 5, “Life’s a Mystery,” and wonders “what in the world is going to happen” to The Swede?
Continue reading “Anson Mount Lands Video Game Role; CarterMatt Likes Hell‘s Ratings” »
Q: What were you most looking forward to when you started filming Season 4?
A: Revisiting the character of Psalms, and further development of the character. When he was introduced, he was a Freedman, and you didn’t think that there would be anything new or different from the other guys. Now, he’s starting to see things differently as he becomes head of labor on the railroad. To see him go from being property to being in charge is a huge leap. It’s a major arc: He went from being this angry, bitter guy who looked out for himself to looking out for others.
Q: You’ve been playing Psalms for four seasons now. In what ways are you most similar to Psalms? In what ways are you the most different?
A: We’re similar in that he’s a good storyteller and he looks out for others and his fellow man. Taking the time period into consideration, African Americans were very limited in the choices that they had, so I would imagine Psalms had a more tenacious personality. It’s not that I’m not tenacious, but you had to do a lot more then. That was probably a drive that you had and didn’t even know it. At that time, you had no idea if you would live to see the next day. You counted your blessings.
Q: You’ve had your share of fight scenes on the show. Do you enjoy doing them? Were you hoping there would be more this season? Continue reading “Hell on Wheels Q&A – Dohn Norwood (Psalms)” »
This week, MacKenzie Porter talks to The Huffington Post, while Hell on Wheels‘ costume designer chats with The Hollywood Reporter. Plus, CarterMatt looked behind the scenes of “Chicken Hill.” Read on for more:
• MacKenzie Porter, the second actress to play Cullen’s wife, Naomi, tells The Huffington Post that Anson Mount “made me feel right at home, like I had been there from the start, so I was instantly relieved.”
• The Hollywood Reporter interviews the show’s costume designer, Carol Case, who talks about the dirtiness of the clothes, how it’s “always a joke at the start of every season. I never think the clothes look right until we let the mud do its job as much as we can.”
• CarterMatt.com checks out AMC’s behind-the-scenes insight for “Chicken Hill.”
Continue reading “MacKenzie Porter Talks to Huffington Post; Hell Costume Designer Chats With THR” »
Throw down in Nashville with country music star Brantley Gilbert: Enter the Hell on Wheels Throwdown Sweepstakes for your chance to win passes to an exclusive performance by Brantley Gilbert and Friends. One lucky fan and a guest will win:
- Roundtrip airfare to Nashville, TN
- Three nights hotel accommodations
- Two passes to a private “Brantley Gilbert and Friends” acoustic event and meet and greet
Brantley Gilbert’s “Small Town Throwdown” (featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett), from the No. 1 selling album Just As I Am, is available now.
Hell on Wheels airs Saturdays at 9/8c on AMC.
Q: You’re now in the fourth season of playing Eva. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about your character so far?
A: The most interesting thing I’ve learned about Eva is how resilient she is, and how much of a romantic she is as well. She started out really tough in Season 1, and then, of course, the whole Elam and Eva love affair was a big milestone in her life and in her evolution. It really allowed her to get in touch with the more human, softer, feminine side of herself. Giving away baby Rose was a real destruction point, and I found it fascinating that part of her survival mechanism in giving away the baby was that she did it not just to protect the baby, but also to protect herself and Elam from a community and an environment that might not be nurturing of a child belonging to a mixed-raced couple. She did that, and yet she still wanted to keep the relationship with Elam. That didn’t happen, so her resilience had to come into play. That’s what I’m exploring this season: How does Eva bounce back from her lowest point possible and build herself a new identity?
Q: Has the new season presented any new challenges for you?
A: Yes. I had a really strange experience at the start of the season, where I just felt really numb and I couldn’t figure out if it was me, as an actor. I figured out eventually it was because Elam isn’t in scenes with me anymore.
Q: So did being without Elam affect both Eva and you, as an actor, as well?
Q: You previously directed the Season 3 Finale, “Get Behind the Mule.” What was your favorite moment from that episode?
A: I came into this show as a viewer first, so for me to get a chance to put Cullen Bohannon and the Swede together again towards the end of last season, knowing the audience was waiting for it, was a real thrill for me. That was one of my favorite parts, and definitely a highlight.
A: It was really nice, because it’s so much easier once you’ve actually done it and you understand the vibe. Suddenly you know all these faces and how the game works and you feel like you’re a part of the community. That’s always a nice thing.
Q: Is gearing up to direct an episode of a television drama at all similar to preparing for a play? How so?
If you’ve been searching for an in-depth look at the new season of Hell on Wheels, look no further: AMC’s digital press kit for Hell on Wheels Season 4 is now available on amc.com. This kit is typically made available only to the press, but now fans can experience this digital media package which includes video trailers, photos, information about the cast and crew, and more. Ready for an interactive look at Hell on Wheels? Launch it now.
Hell on Wheels airs Saturdays at 9/8c on AMC.
• Appearing on Access Hollywood, Anson Mount characterizes Cullen as “one of those people who’s become addicted to conflict,” as a way of dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
• MacKenzie Porter, interviewed by the Calgary Herald about being the second actor to play her character, says, “I definitely wanted to make her my own and feel comfortable going to work everyday knowing that this is my character now.”
• Deadline reports that the Season 4 premiere pulled in “quietly impressive” ratings that were even with ratings for the Season 3 premiere and finale.
Continue reading “Anson Mount Chats With Access Hollywood; MacKenzie Porter Talks to Calgary Herald” »
Q: Has your approach to portraying the Swede changed at all since you first started playing him?
A: Whenever I approach a character, I take what’s on the page and I compile a list. What do I know about the character? What is said about him? What is the truth? What is questionable? The interesting thing about the relationship between [Cullen] Bohannon and Thor Gunderson is that they say many things about each other which may or not be true. So, I try to go through the script myself and not take what someone says about that character. I have four seasons of information about my character, but also about the characters with whom he interacts. My perspective of the Swede has changed, as I think the Swede himself has changed.
Q: In your Season 1 Q&A, you described the Swede as “a Norwegian survivor of the Andersonville Prison Camp who has the weighty responsibility of ‘keeper of order’ amongst the group of harlots, murderers and dipsomaniacs that is Hell on Wheels.” How would you describe him now?
A: He’s a very interesting creature, and has a very personal, yet distant, relationship with God. His actions always attempt to close that distance. Every step he takes, every move he makes… wait a minute, I’m going into a song… I’ll be watching you! [Laughs] Everything he does, from his perspective, is in honor of his desperate need to please God. An impatient God who wouldn’t mind wiping out humanity: That’s the God that Thor Gunderson understands, so it allows him to be this honorable Old Testament creature. Some may question the morality, but every character on this show has been created so beautifully flawed. The Swede is the absolute antithesis to our hero. He’s a formidable and dangerous adversary.
Q: So is he still a keeper of order at the Mormon fort?