Common on his shirtless 'Hell on Wheels' fight: Those abs are real!
Common and Anson Mount battle gloveless, and shirtless, in the Dec. 4 episode… (AMC )
November 30, 2011|By Curt Wagner | RedEye
“Hell on Wheels” stars Common and Anson Mount sport “300”-worthy torsos during a brawl in the Western’s next episode—but don’t suggest to Common that those abs were spray-tanned on.
“No, we don’t spray, man,” the Chicago native told me, laughing, during our interview earlier in the season. “We work out, man. We don’t spray.”
In “Bread and Circuses,” airing at 9 p.m. Dec. 4 on AMC, Common’s Elam Ferguson, a former slave now working for the Union Pacific Railroad, challenges his foreman, Cullen Bohannon (Mount) after Bohannon demands he work for free until railroad boss Doc Durant (Colm Meaney) can actually pay them.
Ferguson doesn’t like that idea, which leads Doc to set up at “pugilistic match” between the two men. In the 1860s, that meant a bare-knuckled fight in a bar. Common said the scrap was a lot of fun to film.
“It was a lot of work like, a lot of intensity, man. We trained; we worked hard,” he said. “We really wanted to be in that fight and make this fight not look like it was a fight for television or a movie. This needed to be a real battle and we just sacrificed ourselves.”
The scene looks like an authentic boxing match. It felt that way too, the actor-rapper said.
“There were a couple times I caught a blow to the face,” he said, chuckling. “There were times I came real close to hitting Anson in the face. There were a couple times it connected.”
Who wins the brawl? I'm not telling. Watch the sneak peek below and tune in Sunday. Do I need to mention that these two are the latest Shirtless Men of the Week? I didn't think so.