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Interview: Wyatt Russell on Taking on a Complex Role in ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN — “Church and State” Episode 4 (Airs Thursday, May 12th) — Pictured: Wyatt Russel as Dan Lafferty. CR: Michelle Faye/FX.

FX on Hulu’s limited series Under the Banner of Heaven explores a violent murder and the entrenched nature of a fundamentalist Mormon community. Its cast is led by Andrew Garfield as a Mormon detective grappling with his own faith. Among the excellent ensemble is Wyatt Russell, who portrays Dan Lafferty, a member of a large family who seeks to have his anti-government views adopted when he makes a run for office.

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Russell, who also delivered a memorable performance as John Walker in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, about the subject material and his exceptional castmates. On finding things to relate to about Lafferty, Russell reflected:

“I think that the things I relate to with Dan, with anybody, is that there are human qualities that we all share that you have to be aware of, when you think you’re so right about something, that your conviction is so true about whatever it is that you’re talking about, it could be a sports stat or anything, or a way of living your life, that we’ve all felt that conviction of, I know I’m right. And then ten minutes later, you look it up, a year later, six months later, and you realize, wow, I was really wrong. Can you admit that to yourself, and can you apologize, and can you be that type of person, or are you the type of person that’s going to double down on what you then know to be wrong?”

Listen to the full conversation below:

Under the Banner of Heaven is available to stream on FX on Hulu.

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Written by Abe Friedtanzer

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