TEA PARTY STARTS WITH BEER

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - / ANNA BRAIN

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

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