Sleepy Hollow takes a trip back in time, to the 1700′s, for a scene filming inside the Cape Fear Club in downtown Wilmington.
In the scene, women are dressed in elaborate costumes, with corsets and petticoats. Men wear ruffled cravats and don bows in their hair. Music from a glass harmonica fills the room.
The cast and crew films this flashback scene for a show based in modern times.
“My grandmothers are very happy that I’m in period costume,” Tom Mison said.
Mison plays Ichabod Crane, a man mysteriously resurrected 250 years after his death to fight demons, monsters and of course, the Headless Horseman.
What’s the secret to Sleepy Hollow‘s success? It’s easy to point to any number of factors — breakneck pacing, sharp writing, a supernatural premise that takes itself just seriously enough. Ask a Sleepyhead to answer that question, though, and chances are they’ll respond with just two words: Tom Mison, a.k.a. the English stage actor who stars as moody, arch, utterly captivating man out of time Ichabod Crane.
Nobody’s more surprised by how well the show has hit than Mison himself. “We’re [shooting] in some dark corner of deepest North Carolina — [so] we’re kind of in a bit of a bubble,” he tells EW. “We weren’t aware of how many billboards there were all over New York, for example, or how much it was promoted on telly.” Now, though, the word is out — and the humble Brit is having a blast both filming the show and keeping up with the fervent fanbase it’s already produced. “They’re very clever people watching,” he says, “which is a dream. It’s so nice to be part of something that inspires people.”
Before the series returns from a baseball-induced hiatus with an all-new episode tonight, read on to learn how Mison snagged the role of a lifetime — as well as his thoughts on Ichabod’s never-changing outfit, Sleepy‘s twisted version of American history, and Crane’s future with Detective Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), the Scully to Ichabod’s Mulder.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First of all, what was Sleepy‘s casting process like?
TOM MISON: Well, this was really the first year that I approached American pilots. [Sleepy Hollow] was actually the last one that I read — and immediately had to read it again because I didn’t quite believe what I had read the first time. It was so completely different, and such an audacious thing to attempt to make. So it immediately was the one that I wanted to do. I put myself on tape in London, one wet Saturday morning, went off to meet my mum and dad for lunch, and then forgot about it, as you do with auditions. And then a week later got a call saying, “You’re coming to L.A. tomorrow to screen test.” So I went and did a screen test for five hours, which I’ve never done before.
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The star of the Fox hit, which has been renewed for a second season, says upcoming episodes will delve deeper into the character of his Ichabod Crane – and address fans’ key questions.
Among them: how long will Ichabod be wearing his colonial garb? Mison said his clothing will be addressed “very, very soon.”
“I think we quite liked having Ichabod in—give him an iconic look, which I think everyone’s managed to achieve rather nicely,” he said during a conference call with reporters. “He’s a long way from home, and 250 years away from home so anything that he can hold on to from his time, I think he certainly will. Any time you think of how much he stinks, just think of it as a big stinking security blanket that he carries
It’s a fish out of water story, with Ichabod very much a product of 18th Century when it comes to his manners. But Mison said they’ll be plenty of times in which Ichabod drops his polite side.
“Every chance to show a different side to Ichabod is great. As a very obvious example, the difference between Ichabod we see in the 18th Century and the modern-day Ichabod,” Mison said. “There are different sides to him, and equally the well behaved and the less well behaved; the more unhinged Ichabod. There’s plenty of that to come.”
The show manages to deftly balance the supernatural with the comedic, without going overboard on the anachronistic humor. Mison says it’s a conscious choice not to play up Crane being confused about the modern world too much, saying “the temptation could be to just go nuts on the comedy.”