David Lipper – Sons of Liberty
By: Jamie Steinberg
Q) What are the recent projects that you are working on?
A) I currently have three movies coming out: Dying Of the Light with Nicolas Cage, Love By Design with Jane Seymour and Lost After Dark with Robert Patrick. Pioneer’s Palace premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this Friday, Jan. 30th at the Egyptian Theater. In March, I begin filming the lead in a new horror film called The Gathering with former Oscar nominated director, Jonathan Heap.
Q) Please tell us the premise for “Sons of Liberty” and about your character Amos.
A) The Sons Of Liberty were really a gang of colonists who were fed up with paying high taxes to the crown and wanted a better life for themselves. The early leaders were Sam Adams, Paul Revere, Joseph Warren and John Hancock. The mini-series follows them on their journey from forming the gang all the way to the War of Independence. My character, Amos, represents the merchants who were a part of this gang. I was the go-to guy to get booze, guns, ammunition and more. My character is there from the beginning all the way to the final battle on the third and final night of the series.
Q) What made you want to be a part of the show?
A) I’ve always wanted to make a movie like this and was thrilled when director Kari Skogland and Executive Producer Matt Gross offered me this part.
Q) Did you do any research into that period of American history to shape your role?
A) I used Google a lot to fill in what I needed to know about the period and we had very good experts on set to make sure we were doing things accurately.
Q) When the cast began working together, was there instant chemistry or did you spend some time to bond?
A) The cast bonded pretty quickly. We were a big cast of men with really only one female lead and the World Cup was on. So, I think we bonded as men do over drinks and sports and it really became a big family after that. I really looked forward to grabbing a drink and a bite to eat with the guys after a long day of shooting and really miss those days looking back.
Q) What were some of your most memorable moments from filming “Sons of Liberty?”
A) One memorable moment was when we were shooting The Battle of Bunker Hill and it had rained the night before. The dirt road to the hill was flooded and we had to take a back road through a village, where we got stuck behind a heard of cows lazily walking. It felt like I had gone back in time a few hundred years, which was perfect considering we were about to shoot a battle scene from the late 18th century.
Q) What do you think it is about the show that will make it a fast fan favorite?
A) I think history fans will be drawn to the major events: The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party and The Battle of Bunker Hill.
Q) You are a part of social media. Are you looking forward to the instant fan feedback you will be receiving?
A) This is the first time I have live tweeted with fans during a premiere, which is a really fun and new experience for me.