‘Bonnie & Clyde’ cast go down together
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow began a two-year crime spree in 1932 that could never happen in 2013.
Sure, the fame-hungry robbers would be all over the Internet, posting selfies of Bonnie holding a pistol and chomping on a cigar on Instagram, but even if they were able to draw millions of followers on Twitter and maintain the public’s interest for that amount of time, they couldn’t have dodged the cops for that long.
“You couldn’t have it [happen] now because there would be an amber alert like 12 minutes later,” says Lane Garrison, who plays Clyde’s brother Buck on the two-night miniseries “Bonnie & Clyde.”
The concept of people being products of their times was very much present in the minds of the “Bonnie & Clyde” cast, which also includes Holliday Grangier and Emile Hirsch in the respective title roles, William Hurt as the Texas Ranger who hunts them down and Sarah Hyland (Haley from “Modern Family”!) as Buck’s wife. Garrison says they all read Jeff Guinn’s book, “Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie & Clyde” before coming onto the set.
“This was a young man dealing in the middle of the Depression era and they didn’t have anything,” says Garrison, who grew up in Dallas, where the gangsters are originally from. “They had no money and Buck lacked an education, so of course he took to a life of crime. For me, stepping into that character, it was really about understanding what motivated him and that was family, first and foremost.”
To get that family feel, he and Hirsch also spent a good deal of time bro-ing out.
“Emile and I — two weeks out, before the shoot — we literally hung out 24/7,” says Garrison. “We did everything together; I mean, stupid things like going gator-watching and we would work out together and we would go watch movies like they did, and I think by bonding us together — we’re really tight, we talk all the time now and we’re really good friends — I think that was the main part of knowing who this person was.”
The difference be-Tweener characters
Garrison is probably best known for player another outlaw, David “Tweener” Apolskis on the show “Prison Break.” He says the fact that both of these characters are criminals is probably the only thing they have in common.
“I felt in ‘Prison Break’ that Tweener was one of these innocent bystanders of the criminal justice system,” he says, “and I feel like the difference between these characters was that Buck really made some bad decisions along the way and I think he was always a bit of a hellion. Tweener, in my own opinion, was sort of one of those kids who just go caught up in the criminal justice system and I feel like Buck definitely instigated the crime spree.”