War of words:

Cul­tures clash in Bri­tish war drama.

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The past has been kind to Amer­i­can ac­tor Aaron Sta­ton (above). He was only a few years out of drama school when he won a part in the 60s drama Mad Men as the like­able and lit­er­ary-minded Ken Cos­grove, who wrote sto­ries in se­cret and lost an eye dur­ing a hunt­ing ac­ci­dent.

In his lat­est role, in the Bri­tish drama My Mother And Other

Strangers, he goes back an­other cou­ple of decades to play an Amer­i­can army of­fi­cer sta­tioned in Ire­land dur­ing World War II.

“By the time I re­tire maybe I’ll be in the 1500s or some­thing,” laughs the 37-year-old West Vir­ginia na­tive.

“As an ac­tor it’s such a short­cut into a char­ac­ter and a world. You just walk on set, put the clothes on and you just in­stantly feel dif­fer­ent, ev­ery­thing looks dif­fer­ent. With My Mother And Other Strangers, it was even eas­ier as I am an

Amer­i­can play­ing some­one taken with this world that is so dif­fer­ent.”

Set in a North­ern Ire­land vil­lage in 1943, My Mother And Other

Strangers fol­lows the lives of the Coyne fam­ily and their neigh­bours as they strug­gle to main­tain a nor­mal life after an Amer­i­can army air­field, with 4000 ser­vice­men and women, is set up in the mid­dle of their ru­ral parish.

As well as pro­vid­ing a glimpse at wartime life in ru­ral Ire­land, the se­ries fol­lows the love af­fair that de­vel­ops be­tween the parish school teacher Rose Coyne (Hat­tie Mo­ra­han, Sense & Sen­si­bil­ity) and the charm­ing Amer­i­can liaison of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Ron­ald Drey­fus (Sta­ton).

Caught in the mid­dle are Rose’s hus­band, the vil­lage pub­li­can Michael (Owen Mc­Don­nell), and the Coynes’ three chil­dren.

Just like Mad Men’s Ken, Drey­fus is a lit­er­ary man caught up

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