An interesting interview with Jamie Bell: This is an insightful look at Abraham Woodhull by Jamie Bell. A link to the entire article follows. We are highlighting here some excerpts we found particularly appealing.
The story may be true but when it comes to the character of Abe Woodhull, Bell confides that when crafting his portrayal of the man, he realized that he had a great deal of work to do. “There isn’t much known about these people really. Most of the information about them comes from correspondence with George Washington and that really only gives us limited knowledge about Abe and what he did. So, we knew his name and where he came from. We knew he was kind of paranoid and that he was on edge a lot because of all the lying. We wanted to make sure to show that he’s terrified all the time that at any point all of the things that he’s juggling could go very wrong. Along with all of that, we really wanted to show that Abe, at his core, is just an ‘everyman,’ who was a farmer and a family man, just like a lot of people today, but then he suddenly had this incredible calling and responsibility thrust on him and this is about how he handles all of that.”
Bell thinks that it’s that ‘everyman’ quality that attracts viewers to Woodhull’s story, saying, “This is an ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation. He’s not a spymaster, he’s not militarily inclined, he’s not on the warpath. He’s actually very against the war, he doesn’t want to be any part of it, but then he has to do something. He’s constantly evolving as a man, as a spy and I think people can understand the need to fight for something that’s bigger than yourself, even when you’re scared to do it.”