io9 Interview: Ichabod Crane Spills Details On The Second Season Of Sleepy Hollow

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Meredith Woerner from io9, whose set visit write-up was posted here earlier today, has now posted her interview with Tom.  She asks a lot of great questions about new character Nick Hawley and the new dynamic between all of the characters in Season 2, as well as how Ichabod is getting along with the 21st century these days:

Your quips in the series, for instance, "Oh, there's a Starbucks! Oh, is there a law?" Theses are things that people didn't really expect but really latched onto as the show progressed, especially with your personality. Are you ever worried worried about pushing it too far?

All the time.

Really? How do you handle that?

Not being so hammy. There is always a part of me that I have to battle against, that sees a brilliant joke and wants to gurn at the camera, give a little wink, do a Groucho Marx, "This is a gag!" And yes, it takes every ounce of strength I have to battle against that, because that would be terrible. It would ruin the show and everyone would hate me.

Is there any scene that you're particularly excited about having people see where you interact with modern technology?

There's a really good Abbie takes Crane to a coffee shop. It's funny that you mention Starbucks. You finally get to see him have a big, stupid frappemaccho whatsit, because he would only be used to the really strong, no milk, shot of grainy coffee. And it's good because it's a moment where he's absolutely against it. He's against the cost of it, the look of it, the name of it, but it's irresistible. I really like those moments where Crane is haughty, he's got a pole stuck up his ass and he melts, because he's charmed.

Click through here to read the full interview.


Interviews: Secret Rituals and Food Porn

The interviews just keep rolling in, and I'm feeling a little light-headed from all the excitement.

Channel Guide posted a wonderful interview with Tom that revealed some new T-Mis FactsTM, including a secret ritual he has for getting into character:

“No one in the world knows this,” Mison says, dropping his voice a bit conspiratorially. “I have a little Sleepy Hollow playlist on a day when the wig and coat are not enough, and that playlist helps a lot.”

He listens to Tom Waits — because who screams “Revolutionary era” more than the gravelly voiced singer? “I am a huge fan,” Mison says of Waits. “I have been lobbying the producers when we reveal the third apocalypse, ‘please can we have Tom Waits?’” His playlist includes the more expected, such as 18th century sea shanties. There’s also French singer Woodkid, and Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.”

“It all helps,” Mison says. “Maybe one day, I’ll release it.”

We also learn that his favorite stage role is his turn as James Leighton-Masters in Posh (quite timely, since the film version called The Riot Club has been released this past week - Tom has a cameo at the start of the movie):

What were your favorite stage roles? I was in a play called “Posh” about entitlement, loosely based on the Bullingdon Club, an Oxford University drinking society for only the very, very well-to-do students. The play was written in time for the last election. The mayor of London, they were all members. They would hire a room, get absolutely @#$%-faced and smash everything that can be smashed, and when the proprietor walks in, hand over a wad of cash and say, “Deal with it.” The play was written [with the message that] if you vote for him, this is the kind of thing you are getting. Every night people were leaving arguing with other members of the audience they did not arrive with. It sparked debate all the time. Police had to be called because a fight broke out. That was the pinnacle of my career — to be involved in a play that caused such debate that a fight broke out in a theater bar.

He also reveals to them that he's into food porn - apparently a good pie can really get him going. He also enjoys the many facets of coconut oil and lusts after watermelon. Food also came up in an interview posted. In that one he mentioned he was "living off pulled pork and bourbon and sweet potato fries." Sounds like he's assimilating to North Carolina quite well.

USA Today: "In 'Sleepy Hollow,' you may believe the unbelievable"

Story about the return of Sleepy Hollow, with these quotes from Tom:

"There's such a wealth of material to dive into," says Mison. "At the very beginning, they had the Freemasons , the Book of Revelation, Washington and all of his gang. They'd probably have to work very hard to be boring with all of that."


Founding Fathers such as Franklin (Timothy Busfield, The West Wing), are a learning opportunity for British actor Mison. He acknowledges he wasn't much of a student of American history before the series.

"History lessons in England tend to dwell on the times we beat the French, not when we were beaten by the Americans," he says. "So I didn't know an awful lot."


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Sleepy Hollow: Reports from the Set

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With the much anticipated Season 2 premiere of Sleepy Hollow only days away, interviews, articles and teases are being posted at a furious pace.  All will be listed in the Interviews section (see link in upper right), but those that rate some extra attention will be highlighted here on the news page.

This one definitely fits into that latter category. Several journalists had visited the Sleepy Hollow set in Wilmington not too long ago, some even had the good fortune to be asked to be extras in a club scene that was being shot the day they were there. One very entertaining write up of that experience was shared by Meredith Woerner on io9, entitled "I Was An Extra On The Sleepy Hollow Set, And Here's What I Learned."  The most fascinating thing she learned is that Tom smells of flannel and lavender, but you have to read the comments to unearth that little gem (you really must click through and read the comments below the story). She recounts the events of the day from hair and make-up through watching Tom shoot a scene in a dance club:

In walks Tom Mison. He is in full Ichabod Crane mode: hair flowing, eyes darting. Ichabod enters the club spit-firing his dialogue in the disdainful manner that only Mison can get away with. He's at once fascinated and derisive, a beautiful balance. Oh, Ichabod, you hate everything, and that just makes us love you more! What's even stranger is that Ichabod is still in full period dress and yet he sticks out way less than his cohort Nick Hawley. The blonde-headed Hawley is wearing the traditional "good guy" henley paired with a shoulder gun holster. Yes, this is apparently the kind of character who walks into a club with a gun. It's ridiculous, but only in the way that makes Sleepy Hollow wonderful (Hello, shirtless scorpion acid trips).

There are also some wonderful photos of all our favorite sets, with some bonus jazz hands for good measure.

Another visitor to set was Daniel Fienberg (@HitFixDaniel) from HitFix. His chat with Tom includes the similarities between Ichabod/Abbie and Clarice/Hannibal (from Silence of the Lambs), how this season's shoot feels different, and what it's like for Ichabod to finally be with Katrina in present day (spoilers):

Well she's with the Headless Horseman to begin with, she gets taken up by him, but finally they're together again. She's been waiting 200 and however many years and he's been waiting since he came out of the ground the first time. And it's weird. It's weird then being back together. He then suddenly realizes, "My wife lied to me s***loads. She was a spy, she was a witch," there are a couple of other revelations that you find out. And then you get into the interesting relationship of, "I need to trust her but how can I?" You start building up your armies and she's a vital part of our army, but she's lied so much before, what effect is that going to have on the war and our relationship from now on?
TVFanatic editor Jim Halterman also paid a visit - you can see his interview with Tom below:


The 18 episode second season of Sleepy Hollow begins Monday on FOX.