'Copper's' Tom Weston-Jones: 'I wanted to gain size'

If you think America is strange, violent and complex now, and you wish for a simpler, kinder time way back when, then BBC America's "Copper" may mess with your nostalgic yearnings. It turns out the past is just as dark, twisted and ultimately hopeful as today (after all, we survived it to get here).Premiering Sunday, Aug. 19, the channel's first original scripted series -- set for an initial run of 10 episodes -- is the creation of Tom Fontana ("Homicide: Life on the Street," "Oz") and Will Rokos ("Monster's Ball," "Southland"), and executive produced by Barry Levinson ("Good Morning, Vietnam").British actor Tom Weston-Jones stars as Irish immigrant Kevin Corcoran, a detective with New York's emerging police department in 1864.He has returned from fighting in the Civil War to find a rapidly growing but often ramshackle metropolis that is sharply split among the elegant residences of Fifth Avenue, the rough-and-tumble immigrant neighborhood of Five Points (the...



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