TEA PARTY STARTS WITH BEER
As an Englishman, Ben Barnes’ knowledge of American history was understandably “pretty sketchy” at best.
So when he was cast as Samuel Adams, one of America’s founding fathers, he started his research … in a pub.
“I have to admit, when I got the role, I went to a pub and ordered a Sam Adams (beer),” he tells Switched On. “It’s not to my taste really.” But Barnes, who previously starred as Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia, was very quickly brought up to speed on the story.
“I knew vaguely how the Boston Tea Party came about but I didn’t know it was instigated in the back rooms of pubs outside Boston,” he says.
Sons of Liberty tells the rebellious story of the US’s fight to free itself from England.
One of Barnes co-stars is Dean Norris ( Breaking Bad), who he says was “so fantastic” as Ben Franklin.
“To be honest, I had no idea that Benjamin Franklin and Sam Adams were all in the same room at the same time,” Barnes says. “I didn’t realise they were quite from the same era.
“At some point, they were all young men, striving for the same thing. Some were more violent, or manipulative or diplomatic. But fighting for the same thing.”
SONS OF LIBERTY, THURSDAY, 9.30PM, SBS ONE