Imagine yourself transported back to the heart of World War II, not on the blood-soaked battlefields but soaring amidst the thunderous roar of bomber engines.
This is the immersive world of Apple TV+’s highly anticipated miniseries “Masters of the Air,” where a band of young heroes takes to the skies, waging a different kind of war against Nazi Germany. Among them is Lieutenant William Couch, brought to life by the talented actor Jon Ewart.
In an exclusive interview with HELLO!, Ewart sheds light on his unforgettable experience filming “Masters of the Air,” offering a glimpse into the camaraderie, challenges, and even surprising advice that shaped the series. Buckle up as we delve into the making of this epic drama, fueled by both historical grit and genuine human connection.
Ewart on Embodying Lieutenant Couch
Ewart’s portrayal of Lieutenant Couch transcends mere acting. He embodies the spirit of these courageous young men who, despite their youth, shouldered the immense responsibility of piloting B-17 bombers deep into enemy territory. “It was both humbling and exhilarating,” Ewart shares.
“To step into their shoes and try to understand the weight they carried, the fear they faced, and the unwavering determination that kept them going, it was an incredible journey.”
Forging Bonds in the Sky and on the Ground
The series boasts a star-studded cast, including Austin Butler, Callum Turner, and the enigmatic Barry Keoghan. But beyond the shared spotlight, Ewart reveals a deep sense of camaraderie that transcended the screen.
“We weren’t just colleagues; we became a band of brothers, both on and off set,” he confides. “Imagine sharing pints in Oxford pubs with guys like Austin and Callum – it fostered a genuine connection that translated beautifully into our on-screen dynamic.”
Barry Keoghan’s Unconventional Acting Advice
Speaking of connections, Ewart shares a gem of advice he received from his co-star, Barry Keoghan, that defied conventional acting wisdom. “‘Forget about looking good,'” Keoghan reportedly quipped. “‘Pick your nose, flick it on the floor if that’s what the scene demands. Be real, be raw, be present in the moment.'”
This unconventional approach resonated deeply with Ewart, highlighting the importance of authenticity over outward appearances. “It was a reminder that true acting transcends vanity; it’s about embodying the truth of the character, no matter how gritty it gets,” he reflects.
The Human Cost of War
While “Masters of the Air” celebrates the heroism of these bomber crews, it doesn’t shy away from the emotional toll they endured. “The series doesn’t just glorify war; it portrays the psychological and emotional scars these young men carried,” Ewart emphasizes. “They faced unimaginable horrors, and the series delves into the impact that had on them, both during and after the war.”
More Than Just a War Story: A Timeless Tale of Humanity
Ultimately, “Masters of the Air” transcends the confines of a historical drama. It’s a story about courage, resilience, and the enduring power of the human spirit. “It’s a reminder that even in the darkest times, hope and camaraderie can prevail,” Ewart concludes. “It’s a story that resonates not just with history buffs but with anyone who’s ever faced their own battles, big or small.”
So, as you prepare to embark on this aerial odyssey with “Masters of the Air,” remember, it’s not just about witnessing daring missions and aerial combat. It’s about journeying alongside these young heroes, understanding their sacrifices, and celebrating the unwavering spirit that carried them through. It’s a story that will stay with you long after the credits roll, reminding you of the extraordinary courage that lies within the ordinary.