Video – On Set With Hell on Wheels’ Colm Meaney (Thomas Durant)


After four seasons of playing Thomas Durant, what is Colm Meaney‘s take on his character? In this video from the Hell on Wheels Season 4 set, Meaney sits down to discuss what it’s like to portray a historical character, how Durant is similar to Richard Branson, and ways in which Durant is different from the actor: “I’ve never had the ego this guy had. He was driven.” Check out the video now, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for the return of Hell on Wheels Season 4 on November 8.


Hell on Wheels returns Saturday, November 8 at 9/8c on AMC.

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Deadline on Anson Mount’s New Movie Role; HuffPost Talks Villains of Hell on Wheels

hell-on-wheels-episode-410-ruth-kropinski-325This week, Deadline highlights Anson Mount’s new movie role, while The Huffington Post discusses the nature of villainy on TV vis-à-vis Hell on Wheels. Plus, CarterMatt believes Ruth will be the key to the show’s story going forward. Read on for more:

Deadline reports that Anson Mount has been cast in Mr. Right, a hitman action romance that also stars Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell.

• After watching “Return to Hell,” The Huffington Post reflects on “villains in story entertainment, and why they capture our interest.”

CarterMatt anticipates the show’s Nov. 8 return, speculating that Ruth will be “at the center of the story now” after shooting Sidney Snow.
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Hell on Wheels Q&A – Jennifer Ferrin (Louise Ellison)

HOW-Cast-S4-Louise-325Jennifer Ferrin, who plays Louise Ellison on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, talks about handling an authentic printing press and how her character has inspired her.

Q: You were a newcomer to Hell on Wheels last season. What has surprised you the most about being on the show so far?

A: I’ve never worked on a Western. It’s a very specific genre. How well everything was written and the quality of production was a good surprise.

Q: You’re now in your second season of playing Louise Ellison. What kinds of things has your character taught you about women during the 19th century?

A: I actually really love playing women in period because there’s so many social constraints that are driving these characters. But underneath all that is the same kind of humanity and human nature that we all have, no matter the time period. Women in particular were expected to behave and act a certain way and keep everything buttoned up. To play a woman who doesn’t really exist within any of those confines was great. Her job as a reporter is very much in a man’s world, as well as her liberal mind in her personal life. Knowing that she worked in this real, hard-nosed profession isn’t too far off from the way women have to compete now.

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CarterMatt Looks Ahead to Nov. 8 Episode; Den of Geek Applauds Midseason Finale

hell-on-wheels-episode-410-cullen-mount-325This week, CarterMatt looks ahead to the next episode, which will premiere on Nov. 8, while Den of Geek applauds the midseason finale as one of the season’s best. Plus, check out the Hell on Wheels live action role-playing game in the Czech Republic. Read on for more:

CarterMatt reports that the show’s next episode will air on Nov. 8 and notes there are “plenty of stories left to be told for Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, and the rest of the cast.”

Den of Geek, reviewing the midseason finale, calls it one of the “best” of the season.

The Escapist details a Hell on Wheels live action role-playing game held in the Czech Republic, describing it as “an intense Western LARP.”
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Hell on Wheels Q&A – Jonathan Scarfe (Sidney Snow)

hell-on-wheels-episode-405-sidney-scarfe-325Jonathan Scarfe, who plays Sidney Snow on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, talks about his first day on set and spending 14 months off the grid.

Q: How would you describe Sidney Snow in one word?

A: Snake-charmer. I think he’s a charming sociopath freed from the shackles of a conscience. [Laughs]

Q: What was your first day on set like? Was it intimidating to join the cast of a show that’s already in its fourth season?

A: Well, sometimes it can be, and I’ve definitely had that experience before. But from the moment I got the job – I think about five minutes after my agent called and told me I got the job – Anson [Mount] called my cell phone and said, “Hey, I want to welcome you to the family. I hope you like rehearsing. We have barbeques every weekend out here, we’re so happy to have you, and we can’t wait to meet you in person.” I couldn’t have felt more welcomed. It was just great.

Q: Talk about the scene at the beginning of Episode 405, “Life’s a Mystery,” when we first meet Sidney. Was it unsettling to film with your head in a noose?
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Catch Up on Hell on Wheels Season 4 Before Its Return on November 8

hell-on-wheels-episode-410-cullen-mount-2-325Missed something, need to catch up, or looking to binge on all of the action from Season 4 so far? Well, now is the perfect time. Hell on Wheels will be stepping aside for the next four Saturdays, making way for AMC Fearfest throughout October and a special Rambo marathon on November 1. That’s plenty of time to catch up on the first ten episodes of Season 4, now available on (authentication required), before the final three episodes begin on Saturday, November 8.



Hell on Wheels Season 4 returns Saturday, November 8 at 9/8c on AMC.

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Anson Mount Voices Hero of Evil Within Video Game; CarterMatt Looks Ahead to Next Episode

hell-on-wheels-episode-409-cullen-mount-325This week, Anson Mount lends his voice to the hero of The Evil Within video game, while CarterMatt looks ahead to the next episode. Plus, AMC has a video of Anson Mount describing Episode 9, “Two Trains.” Read on for more:

Game Rant showcases a trailer for The Evil Within, a video game whose protagonist is voiced by Anson Mount. previews Episode 10, “Return to Hell,” noting that with only a few episodes left, “what we do know is that there is going to be plenty more ahead that will have your jaw on the ground.”

• Looking back at Episode 9, “Two Trains,” CarterMatt features AMC’s video of Anson Mount deconstructing the episode and comments that “there was quite a bit we saw unfold…and most of it falls within the category of ‘very violent.’”
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Hell on Wheels Q&A – Phil Burke (Mickey McGinnes)

HOWS4_Mickey-325Phil Burke, who plays Mickey McGinnes on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, talks about naming his own casino and working with Neil LaBute.

Q: How has Mickey evolved as a character since we met him back in Season 1 in his Magic Lantern tent?

A: The whole thing about Mickey is, he’s a survivor. The railroad moves forward, and I think Mickey has jumped on that train, for lack of a better phrase. As the railroad goes, Mickey’s going too. He’s learning from people like Bohannon and Durant. He’s picking up the ways of the world and what it takes to survive out in the West.

Q: Mickey begins the season running Cheyenne’s casino. Do you like to gamble? Any favorite games? What would your casino be called if you owned one?

A: Fortune’s Fool Casino and Burlesque Extravaganza! I’m not a huge gambler, but when I am in a casino, I love the crazy video slots. I think it’s the bright lights and the sounds. I went to Atlantic City, and I remember hitting for $800 and said, “Get up, quick! Before they realize we’re winning!”

Q: Did Hell on Wheels teach you that?

A: Yes. Run before they take it from us!

Q: Mickey is involved in several fight scenes this season. Talk a little bit about how you prepared for the fight in the mud with Jessup in Episode 405.

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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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