Jamie Bell on Abraham Woodhull

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.”



2 comments on “Jamie Bell on Abraham Woodhull

  1. Twosocks says:

    This is just looking better and better! I like that he talked about trying to convey the complexity of the times. It is sometimes hard to remember that even after July 1776, a lot of people here still considered themselves British. Downloaded the book, but really need to finish a couple that are currently hanging fire. (Again, have to thank you–they are all sincere.)

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  2. Twosocks says:

    The universe is so totally unfair! Tomorrow the first season of Turn and the second season of The Musketeers is arriving in the same box! This is going to be a nearly impossible decision!

    About the same time I decided I really needed to see Turn, DD invited me to tag along to a conference she was attending in DC. We are making plans to take a couple extra days to visit Williamsburg and Mt. Vernon. Haven’t been there since I was in eighth grade, so guess I can forgive the universe a bit!


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