Sons of Liberty Star Kevin Ryan Talks American Rebels and British Accents

January 21, 2015 4:21 PM

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Irish actor Kevin Ryan has a thing for period pieces. Americans most widely will recognize the actor for the BBC America show, Copper which focused on the New York city circa mid-19th century (think Gangs of New York). Now he finds himself once again in period garb with History Channel's latest venture into scripted programming, Sons of Liberty,"a three-part mini-series which debuts Sunday, January 25th. This time around he plays Major John Pitcairn, a British officer stationed in that rebellious hotspot Boston, Mass., circa the advent of the Revolutionary War. Co-starring Ben Barnes, Rafe Spall and Henry Thomas, Ryan spoke briefly about who some of his heroes are in real life, playing period once again, and what his family back home might think of this Irishman playing British.

You've got a British accent. You're an Irishman. Did it feel weird to hear yourself? KR: It always feels strange hearing yourself recorded, but in a sense you have to approach it with a sensitive ear to find the voice, accent, sounds and pronunciation on any dialect. Understanding phonetics helps, f...

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