'Copper's' Kevin Ryan: History in America 'is so quick'


Zap2it: As an Irishman in America, what did you learn about being a cop in Manhattan's largely Irish-American Five Points neighborhood in 1864 for "Copper"?Kevin Ryan: As a cop, you were in a gang. That's what these guys were. They were all gangs. Even the politicians were gangs; they just got more power. And you'll see that in the show.Zap2it: Did you do much research?Kevin Ryan: When I initially went out for the audition, I knew [nothing] about it. When I knew I booked it, I went to New York and spent a lot of time with a history professor at NYU and a historian, so I was able to get two tours of the city. There's history that isn't documented. I was able to spend about nine days researching going down to where the original Five Points was, police museums, New York Historical Society. That was, for me, so important. I was able to...



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