As a character actor, the chance to work on a historical drama with such a high pedigree, from Mr. Redford through an amazing list of actors on down, is why I got into the business in the first place. In researching the piece, one of the first things to strike me was how the event was so well documented. The photograph had just come into its own, so an amazing number of people involved in the conspiracy are there for you to see. In fact, probably one of the only people we don’t have an actual photograph of is the character I play, tavern proprietor John Lloyd. Fortunately, he is well described in newspaper and trial accounts of the day, and his “troubled” character is fairly well drawn. The stark reality of the hanging and the forlorn faces of the accused speak volumes, so to be able to live in that world for a while was as about interesting as it gets. The film is beautifully designed and lit, and shooting in and around Savannah was important in setting the tone and feel of the film. It just felt right to be there. I hope audiences will find out something they didn’t know and maybe want to dive in and find out even more. There’s lots of stories, and I think this is a pretty good one.
- Stephen Root