Chicago Interviews Common; Reports on Latest Episode

hell-on-wheels-episode-408-cullen-mount-325This week, Chicago magazine interviews Common, while covers the virtues of the latest episode. Plus, CarterMatt previews “Two Trains.” Read on for more:

• Common tells Chicago magazine, “I have the enthusiasm again for making music. For some years, I don’t think I had it.” says that “Under Color of Law,” the most recent episode, “wasted no time in drawing the strings of conflict in Hell on Wheels‘ new Elam-less direction, and promised the return of that troubled gunslinging workman we’ve known as Cullen ‘Shoot ‘Em Up’ Bohannon.”

• Previewing the next episode, “Two Trains,” CarterMatt predicts the episode will be “one heck of a showdown between Cullen and Syd for control of Cheyenne.”
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Hell on Wheels Q&A – MacKenzie Porter (Naomi Bohannon)

HOW-Cast-S4-Naomi-325MacKenzie Porter, who plays Naomi Bohannon on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, talks about composing music inspired by the show and acting with a baby.

Q: You’re originally from southern Alberta, where the show is filmed. Did you feel at home during production? Do you know Calgary well enough to tip your castmates off about great local places?

A: I know Calgary pretty well and I felt close to home. On the weekends, I could go home to my parents and be with my family. But the cast had already been there for three years, so they knew more hot spots than I did!

Q: You grew up on a cattle and bison ranch. Do a lot of things on set feel like second nature to you? For example, are you experienced with riding and handling horses?

A: Yeah, definitely. It’s such a whole different world on set because of the era that we’re creating, but the horses and even the mud were very similar to the ranch I grew up on. I did feel comfortable and safe. Although, I was only around horses in a couple of scenes, it did feel like second nature.

Q: In Episode 408, Naomi says goodbye to Cullen and takes baby William back to the Mormon fort. Do you think she made the right choice? If you were in her shoes, what might you have done?
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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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