Behind-the-Scenes Production Secrets of “Masters of the Air” With Actor Jon Ewart
In an exclusive chat with HELLO!, Jon Ewart, the talented actor gracing the screen as Lieutenant William Couch in the thrilling new Apple TV+ World War Two series, “Masters of the Air,” spilled the beans on some unexpected and invaluable advice he received from none other than Barry Keoghan.
The nine-part series, a sequel to the iconic “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific,” takes the narrative to the skies, chronicling the exploits of the 100th Bomb Group of the US Eighth Air Force in their heroic battle against Nazi Germany. Executive produced by the legendary Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, this series promises to be a captivating aerial adventure.
Barry Keoghan’s Unconventional Wisdom
During the chat, Jon shared insights into his experiences on set, highlighting the camaraderie among the star-studded cast, including the likes of Barry Keoghan, Austin Butler, and Callum Turner. But it was Barry Keoghan’s unexpected advice that left a lasting impression on Jon.
“Barry Keoghan offered some really insightful advice on set,” Jon revealed. “It’s not about looking good; you don’t need to be camera-ready. He’d say, ‘If you feel like picking your nose, go ahead. Be real in the moment.'”
This unorthodox guidance from Keoghan emphasized the importance of authenticity over aesthetics, urging actors to embrace genuine emotions and reactions rather than being overly conscious of their appearance.
Jon, clearly inspired by Keoghan’s raw talent, expressed his desire to collaborate again, praising him as an extraordinary actor.
Beyond the camera, Jon and his co-stars found themselves bonding in the charming pubs of Oxford, a backdrop for parts of the series. He shared anecdotes of downtime spent with the likes of Austin Butler, Callum Turner, and Raff Law, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie that seamlessly translated on-screen.
“Picture Austin Butler, Callum Turner, and Raff Law casually having drinks together in Oxford. We spent so much time together off-set, which made it really easy for us to gel,” Jon reminisced.
The Unexpected Journey
Originally slated for a four-month filming stint, Jon found himself immersed in the project for a whopping nine months due to unforeseen setbacks caused by the global pandemic. Despite the extended timeline, Jon emphasized the sense of equality among the cast, regardless of their fame.
“It’s a long time to spend with people, and while there were big names, I felt like we were all equal,” he remarked.
Learning from Phenomenal Performances
Reflecting on the enriching experience, Jon singled out co-star Callum Turner, describing him as “phenomenal on screen.” The camaraderie and shared moments with Barry Keoghan added another layer to Jon’s growth as an actor.
“The time spent with Barry Keoghan, who is such a raw talent, was invaluable. We learned a lot from each other,” Jon praised.
“Masters of the Air”: A Glimpse Into History
Based on Donald L Miller’s book, “Masters of the Air” delves into the gripping saga of the 100th Bomb Group of the US Eighth Air Force – the Bloody Hundredth. This epic drama not only showcases the aerial battles but delves into the psychological and emotional toll paid by these young men as they played a pivotal role in dismantling Hitler’s Third Reich.
“Some were shot down and captured; some were wounded or killed. And some were lucky enough to make it home. Regardless of individual fate, a toll was exacted on them all,” reads the synopsis, hinting at the emotional depth and historical authenticity embedded in the series.
Beyond the Skies
As “Masters of the Air” prepares to take viewers on a thrilling journey through history, Jon Ewart’s revelations provide a tantalizing glimpse into the unique camaraderie and unexpected wisdom shared among the cast.
Barry Keoghan’s unconventional advice serves as a testament to the authenticity and depth that the series aims to deliver, promising an engaging and emotionally resonant viewing experience for audiences worldwide.