Joshua Caleb Johnson and Ethan Hawke on the History of John Brown in ‘The Good Lord Bird’

The Good Lord Bird

BGN interviews actors Joshua Caleb Johnson (Onion) and Ethan Hawke (John Brown) for the new Showtime series The Good Lord Bird.

Based on the award-winning book of the same name by James McBride. Starring Ethan Hawke as abolitionist John Brown, the story is told from the point of view of “Onion,” a fictional enslaved young boy (portrayed by newcomer, Joshua Caleb Johnson) who becomes a member of Brown’s family of abolitionist soldiers battling slavery in Kansas, and eventually finds himself in the famous 1859 Army depot raid at Harpers Ferry an inciting incident of the Civil War.

Rounding out the series is Daveed Diggs, Orlando Jones; Hubert Point Du Jour and Beau Knapp.

Interviewer: Jeandra LeBeauf

Video Editor: Kassandra Igbokwe

The Good Lord Bird premieres on Showtime October 4th.

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