Stripped of his period costume and technological bafflement (but keeping the accent) Ichabod Crane is simply Tom Mison, a British actor who crossed the pond to star in Fox’s most unlikely hit.
Mr. Mison, who traded in Ichabod’s Revolution-era coat and boots for a lovely woolen sweater for this occasion, is actually more Crane in real life than he appears. This is thanks, in large part, to the meticulous effort he puts in to staying true to the character’s period dialogue.
“I have so many books and so many websites saved on my phone of etymology, and 18th century dictionaries. I’m such a pedant, and I know all the writers hate me for it,” Mr. Mison laughs. “I say, ‘I’m really sorry but this word, this word is from 1860. This is about 20 years too late.’ So I chip in with that every now and then.”
He thinks for a second. “And occasionally I’ll throw in, you know, I’ll throw in a shit joke.”
For anyone that’s seen the show (and if you haven’t, it’s awesomely absurd), those “shit jokes” are the cornerstone of the show. For all of the tough-guy posturing you see on TV these days (even by Sleepy Hollow’s lead-in, Gotham), the show remains a fresh of breath air thanks to its self-aware sense of humor.
Read more at http://observer.com/2014/09/sleepy-hollow-tom-mison-describes-the-difficulties-of-being-ichabod-crane/#ixzz3Epiyv9ZL