Today, we’re gonna run down Adam’s Ripper Street character, aka the primary reason we Applenauts are watching Ripper Street.
Captain Homer Jackson
An American, a one-time Pinkerton detective, and a U.S. army surgeon, Captain Homer Jackson is an expert in the world of early forensics. Enlisted by Reid for his unique skills on the autopsy slab, he is a free spirit, both untrustworthy and brilliant by equal measure. But his thirst for vice — including women, booze and gambling — leaves him hated by Drake and distrusted by the rest of the police fraternity.
Jackson has his secrets, too. On the run from an ‘incident’ in America, he and brothel-keeper, Long Susan, have sought out the East End precisely for its chaos and lawlessness. Reid’s attachment to Jackson — and the friendship the two like-minded men inevitably foster -– will eventually compromise this need for secrecy. — from BBC America
In a very thorough interview over at CultBox, Adam describes Jackson as “a bit of a cowboy; he’s bit of a rogue but he’s also a little bit of Albert Schweitzer, you know what I mean. He’s a healer. He’s a fighter. It sounds absurd, the treatment of the character, with the writing and wardrobe and everything that happens makes him an actor’s dream to play.
“Who wouldn’t be drawn to playing Jackson? If you were to have male actors of a certain age write down their dream role they’d like to play, it would probably be Homer Jackson.”