Tonight, FOX shows “Sleepy Hollow”” and “Bones” have their big crossover episode. With “Bones” heroes Brennan (David Boreanaz) and Booth (Emily Deschanel) in tow, Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Crane (Tom Mison) of “Sleepy Hollow” set out to prove that supernatural forces are at play when a mysterious death plagues the FBI. As Pandora (Shannyn Sossamon) unleashes a force to awaken the dangerous Red Coat General Howe (guest star Nicholas Guest), both teams must find a way to save the town from the British Army of the Undead. Can the power of Booth and Brennan combined with Abbie and Crane be enough to stop Pandora’s evil forces?”
We caught up with General Howe himself played by actor Nicholas Guest to get his thoughts on working on the shows and for a little history lesson on his character. Check out what Guest had to say in our interview below.
PT: “Sleepy Hollow” is a cult favorite and “Bones” has been a fan favorite with more than 200 episodes. Did you get to work with that cast at all?
NICHOLAS GUEST: I didn’t get to work with actors from “Bones” but I had a fantastic time working on “Sleepy Hollow.” To begin with, the director Russell Fine is superb and has such an incredible vision as well as an ability to work well with actors. He is very open to trying different things. The actors on “Sleepy Hollow” in addition to being so welcoming to guest stars are just terrific. Tom Mison is so gifted and also very generous as an actor.
PT: How did or would your character fair in the American Revolutionary War?
NICHOLAS GUEST: I learned that General Howe opposed the INTOLERABLE ACTS that the Brits imposed on the American colonies and preached reconciliation with American colonists as tension grew in 1774 and early 1775. He actually publicly stated that he would resist service against the Americans which I found fascinating but he did accept a position as second-in-command of British forces in America. He literally stated that he was ordered and could not refuse. Howe had some successes one of them being the defeat of Washington at the Battle of Long Island but Washington was able to succeed because Howe was reluctant to attack fully.
PT: What did you enjoy most about your character by working on this show?
NICHOLAS GUEST: His character flaw was that of hesitation. Great for me to know about in doing this role. What sticks out in history is that he did not join Burgoyne and so Burgoyne was defeated in the Battle of Saratoga. Howe’s role was never clearly defined and he was ultimately relieved of his post by the king who had lost confidence in Howe. There is so much to learn when you are playing a really historic figure which makes this show so exciting.
PT: Do you think we will see General Howe again?
NICHOLAS GUEST: I, of course, hope that the Howe character will return since he’s such a fascinating figure and so much fun to play.
Catch the special two-hour crossover episode of “Sleepy Hollow” and “Bones” tonight on FOX.