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He didn’t care for magic as a kid, but when he took the role of Hou­dini’s as­sis­tant in Hou­dini, Evan Jones quickly fell un­der the ma­gi­cian’s — and Academy Award-win­ning ac­tor Adrien Brody’s — spell.

Jones plays Jim Collins, Hou­dini’s as­sis­tant op­po­site Brody’s Harry Hou­dini in the minis­eries, which ex­poses the life of the man be­hind the magic as through sleight of hand and il­lu­sion Hou­dini turned the world of magic on its head.

Collins is al­most as much of an enigma — a man who, de­spite hav­ing a wife and fam­ily — will­ingly joined Hou­dini’s trav­el­ling cir­cus.

“Jim was his keeper of the se­crets and Hou­dini trusted him with his life,” says the 40year-old Texan. “That’s how I wanted to play it. That’s what made sense to me. There was this al­most God-like re­la­tion­ship.”

Jones has worked in films in­clud­ing 8 Mile, Gang­ster Squad, The Book of Eli, Jar­head and Glory Road and along­side stars such as Tommy Lee Jones and Hi­lary Swank. He leapt at the chance to play a good guy for a change, and along­side Brody.

“I play the bad guy most of the time, so to play Jim and be a sweet­heart, and get to go back to be the bad guy af­ter­wards was great,” he says.


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