Inside AMC’s ‘Hell On Wheels’ Series With Common

Posted on November 2, 2011 /TV


Hip Hop legend, Common, takes on the role of Elam, a former slave out to make something of himself in AMC’s new original series, Hell On Wheels. The “Just Wright” actor talks about his character in a short video clip below.

Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Anson Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time. The series documents the railroad’s engineering and construction as well as institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of newly emancipated African-Americans during Reconstruction. Hell on Wheels chronicles this potent turning point in our nation’s history and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be. Watch a preview of the first episode below.

“Hell on Wheels” premieres Sunday, Nov. 6 at 10/9c on AMC.

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