Common Talks Elam’s Exit With Deadline; TV Fanatic Says Anson Mount “Shines”

hell-on-wheels-407-cullen-mount-elam-common-325This week, Common talks to Deadline about Elam’s exit from the show, while TV Fanatic lauds Anson Mount’s performance in the most recent episode. Plus, CarterMatt takes a look at next week’s installment. Read on for more:

• Common, interviewed by Deadline about his departure from the show, says, “I thought it was a brilliant way to give Elam an exit. I think it paid honor and respect to him and it is unexpected and it is shocking and it shakes you and rattles you.”

• Reviewing “Elam Ferguson,” TV Fanatic applauds Anson Mount, who “shines as Cullen Bohannon.”

CarterMatt previews the next episode, “Under Color of Law,” and asks, “Are you ready to see Cullen Bohannon take the next step on Hell on Wheels?”
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Hell on Wheels‘ Common Shares Five of His Favorite Elam Ferguson Scenes


Almost being hanged, gaining and losing a baby, surviving a bear attack — it hasn’t been an easy journey for Hell on Wheels’ Elam Ferguson. AMC asked actor Common to share his insights on some of his character’s most memorable moments. Find out what makes these scenes special and watch clips of the moments themselves.

Cullen Saves Elam From Hanging – Season 1, Episode 7, “Revelations”

“The scene at the campfire between Elam and Cullen Bohannan really was the first time you saw the two men open up to each other, so it was a pivotal moment — and the hanging scene was really tough to be a part of.”

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Hell on Wheels Q&A – Common (Elam Ferguson) Answers Fan Questions

hell-on-wheels-elam-common-325In this interview comprised of questions from Hell on Wheels fans, Common talks about a memorable blooper on set, his final scene, and what it was like to let go of Elam Ferguson.

Q: How difficult was the transition from music to acting? — Burnside

A: It was difficult because it was something I had never done before, but at the same time, it was so invigorating and energizing and so inspiring that it really wasn’t difficult. Because I love it so much, and I feel like it’s a blessing to do, I’m always excited about it. When you love something, it’s not as difficult. One difficult aspect, though, was having people within the film and television industry see me as an actor and not just Common, the rapper. Being able to be seen as the actor that I am and let my work do the talking – that was difficult. I definitely know that I’m growing. It’s a journey, but I’m with the journey.

Q: When you’re immersed in playing your character, how much of Elam is drawn from historical interpretation, and how much is drawn from your own experiences? — Snake Eyes
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Video — Take a Look Back at Elam Ferguson’s Journey Throughout Hell on Wheels


As fans bid adieu to Elam Ferguson, AMC takes a look back at some of his most pivotal moments, included his boxing match with Cullen Bohannon and his proposal to Eva. “Elam’s story is about heart,” actor Common says of his character’s journey. “It’s about progress; it’s about forgiveness, overcoming obstacles, overcoming pain.”


Hell on Wheels airs Saturdays at 9/8c on AMC.

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Executive Producer John Wirth to Live Tweet During Saturday’s Episode of Hell on Wheels

how3-john-wirth-325Hell on Wheels fans are in for a treat when Executive Producer John Wirth takes to Twitter to offer his unique behind-the-scenes perspective throughout the East Coast broadcast of this week’s all-new episode, “Elam Ferguson,” beginning on Saturday at 9/8c. To join the conversation, follow @Wirthwhiletv on Twitter, and use the hashtag #HellonWheels.

Hell on Wheels airs Saturdays at 9/8c on AMC.

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CarterMatt Lauds Common in “Bear Man” and Previews Next Episode, “Elam Ferguson”

hell-on-wheels-episode-407-elam-common-325This week, lauds Common’s performance in last week’s episode and looks ahead to this week’s Elam-centered episode. Plus, get the scoop on what critics thought of “Bear Man.” Read on for more:

• Ahead of “Bear Man,” remarks, “Common kills it in the sneak-peek video below, as do the entire makeup and effects team for getting Elam so bloodied-up here.” previews the next episode, “Elam Ferguson,” observing that “we only imagine that the story will build in intensity here on out.”

Monsters and Critics previewed “Bear Man,” noting that viewers “will finally discover Elam Ferguson’s fate.”
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Have a Question for Hell on Wheels Star Common? Here’s Your Chance to Ask

hell-on-wheels-elam-common-325Got any burning questions for Common about playing Elam Ferguson on AMC’s Hell on Wheels? Here’s an opportunity to ask! Submit your query in the comments section below by Monday, September 15 at 9AM/8c. Then check out Common’s fan Q&A, which will be posted exclusively on later that week, to find out if he answered yours.

Hell on Wheels airs Saturdays at 9/8c on AMC.

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Common to Live Tweet During This Saturday’s Episode of Hell on Wheels

how301-elam-325On this Saturday’s all new episode of Hell on Wheels, the fate of Elam — last seen lying in the mud, bloody and unmoving, after fighting off a bear in the Season 3 Finale — will finally be revealed. While watching the episode, get Common’s exclusive behind-the-scenes perspective as he live tweets throughout the East Coast broadcast of “Bear Man,” beginning at 9/8c. To participate, follow @common on Twitter, and use the hashtag #HellonWheels to join the conversation.

Hell on Wheels airs Saturdays at 9/8c on AMC.

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Hell on Wheels Q&A – Colm Meaney (Thomas Durant)

HOW-Cast-S4-Durant-325Colm Meaney, who plays Thomas Durant on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, talks about the evolution of his character and the relationship between Durant and Eva.

Q: You’re now in your fourth season of playing Thomas Durant. In what ways do you think Durant has changed most since the series began?

A: Well, I think it’s been a tough journey. He’s been battered and bruised, he’s been shot and nearly died, he’s been broke, he’s been in jail — a lot of stuff has happened to him that he probably didn’t anticipate. It’s been a rough ride, and I think now he’s much more realistic about what he can get done. He still has that burning ambition to get the railroad done and get it through, but I think he’s aware that it’s not as easy as he thought.

Q: Though the arrival of John Campbell in Cheyenne would seem to present a major challenge to Durant’s authority, Durant dismisses him as “nothing more than a bureaucrat.” Do you think Durant feels at all threatened by him?

A: Durant has dealt with much more senior people than Campbell. What we haven’t seen a lot of in the last few seasons is Durant operating in Washington. He has a number of senators and various high-card people in his pocket, so I don’t think he’s threatened. I think Campbell is an irritant, but I don’t think Durant is up at night worrying about him particularly. Durant has dealt with much more powerful people than Campbell.

Q: In Episode 404, Durant goes out of his way to help Eva and wants nothing in return, telling her they’re “friends.” What do you think his motivations are for looking out for her?

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CarterMatt Previews “Bear Man”; Medicine Hat News Profiles MacKenzie Porter

hell-on-wheels-405-cullen-mount-psalms-norwood-325This week, previews the next episode, “Bear Man,” while Alberta’s Medicine Hat News profiles MacKenzie Porter. Plus, wonders how Sidney Snow might affect Cullen’s future. Read on for more:

• “If you love the Elam character on Hell on Wheels, then you most likely have been waiting for next week’s new episode for some time,” teases about Episode 6, “Bear Man.”

Medicine Hat News interviews MacKenzie Porter, who talks about her dual acting/music careers: “Right now, while I shoot Hell on Wheels I’m in Calgary and working on that for the majority of my time. But every weekend I’m recording and doing something for my album. So I feel like I can do them both.”, previewing “Life’s a Mystery,” speculated that the introduction of Sidney Snow is “going to most likely make for an interesting dynamic” since he’s a figure from Cullen’s past.
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