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Common: 'Hell on Wheels' role 'most fulfilling' yet

By Luis Gomez

5:59 PM CDT, October 16, 2011

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Common said he put a significant amount of time into his role as former slave Elam Ferguson on AMC’s Wild West drama, “Hell on Wheels.” The Chicago rapper-turned-actor, however, refused to call the role difficult.

“It’s the most fulfilling role I’ve ever taken,” said Common, who hosted a Michigan Avenue magazine party at the Pump Room Thursday to celebrate his appearance in the magazine’s October issue. “I was so passionate about it that it didn’t feel difficult.”

Common was the first actor cast in the series, which debuts Nov. 6.

“I had to do massive research on what life was like around 1865,” Common said. “I had books and whatever I could get my hands on that would give me information. People living during that time couldn’t always afford the simpler things in life like food and water – especially African Americans. I just decided to do due diligence.”

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