“Sleepy Hollow” has had its fair share of historical figures, and that continues in its second season. On Friday, Sept. 26, we joined a press call with Tim Busfield, who plays Benjamin Franklin.
“You know it’s going to be extreme and cool,” he shared. “Doing Benjamin Franklin in a historical piece for PBS would be fun, but much more fun to do it on Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” where you’re going to get to build creatures and fly the kite. It’s just a fun way to play this guy.” He did consider it an “honor” to get this role and admitted there were some nerves attached to it as well. “What if I’m not at all what anybody wants to see as Ben Franklin?” He did his homework and read into Franklin and took a lot from the fact that he was a newspaper editor. “He had to be well-read,” Busfield said, and well-read in a variety of topics, like religion, science, medicine and politics.
“I think I’m probably longer in the makeup trailer than I am on the set to shoot the scenes,” he admitted. “It’s a time consuming process” to bring back Franklin’s look.
As for what’s coming up, expect to see a lot of Franklin being used “as narrative stuff,” he previewed. “Ichabod is searching for the answers, searching for a way to fight the Horseman of Death, and he’s going to have to go back to all the clues and tips that were laid out there by Franklin as his mentor, and I think you’re going to see a thread between Ichabod and Franklin throughout as he looks for the body part needed to complete this Frankenstein creature that could possibly fight the Horseman of Death. I think you’re really going to get a sense that all he has is the advice and encouragement and what he can remember of what Franklin gave him and possible clues and what he would’ve learned from those Founding Fathers as far as what was coming and what he needed to hear and what he missed before he died.” Ichabod needs to listen to what Franklin what was telling him, because there are clues in all of it, though Busfield did say that Franklin saw him as “this beautiful model-looking disciple” given to him “to make sure [they] can fight this evil.”
Finally, Busfield is also busy with the new series “Secrets & Lies.” “I play a defense attorney. I play what my character describes as the best defense attorney in the state, and Ryan [Phillippe] comes to me seeking my help. I tell him he can’t afford me, and maybe when he gets arrested, where there’s some upside for me, [I’ll help],” he shared. “He’s that kind of guy who ends up coming back as Ryan becomes more and more of the focus of Juliette Lewis.”
“Sleepy Hollow” season 2 airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox.