John Brown, Ethan Hawke, Farmer discussed on Fresh Air Weekend

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This is fresh air weekend. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. You probably know our guest Ethan Hawke from some of his more than 80 film roles. The young prep school student in Dead Poets Society, the young rock musician and reality bites the rookie cop in Training Day, the divorced father in boyhood. The romantic lead in before sunrise before sunset and before midnight and more recently as the troubled priest in first reformed. He's also directed films written screenplays novels in a Children's book. Acted in award winning theatre roles and more Hawk has been nominated for four Academy Awards, too, for acting and 24 script adaptation. He's now storing in the seven part Showtime series. The Good Lord Bird, which he co produced and co created the first episode aired Sunday night. It's based on the novel The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride. And it tells the story of abolitionist John Brown through the eyes of a 14 year old slave who's freed by Brown and joins his band of anti slavery soldiers. Ethan Hawke plays John Brown, the fanatical opponent of slavery, who was hanged in 18 59 after seizing an armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, hoping to spark a slave rebellion. When the series opens Brown and his sons and followers or writing through Kansas in the 18 fifties, seeking to liberate slaves and battling with pro slavery militias. In this scene From the first episode, it's nighttime, and Brown and his sons have burst into the cabin of a farmer who is allied with the pro slavery paramilitary group known as the red Shirts. While the terrified farmer's family looks on a menacing John Brown, played by Ethan Hawke addresses the man. I have come to deliver this Holy Redeemer is justice. Free his people. An exact his revenge for the murder, rape and kidnapping of the Negro by slavers. Those like yourself. Oh, those involved there are no exceptions. Farmer trying to make a dollar change pockets..

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