Christopher Jackson on George Washington
Christopher Jackson, who plays George Washington in Hamilton, discusses his character in this clip from Hamilton’s America - the documentary film that brings history to vivid life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton.
Washington had been serving for forty-five
years of his life and he wanted to
return home and actually enjoy the
fruits of the labor that he had invested
in, in the building and the
establishing of the government itself.
Washington is revered as the father of our
country but our understanding of history
goes awry when we only seek or care to
listen to one part of a story.
From the moment I knew I was gonna be playing
Washington that was the first thing that
came into my mind -- the slave question.
The reality of the fact that he owned people.
I'll never make peace with it.
I try to -- til I stood in the slave quarters and
there's no way to reconcile that.
If anything it brings to bear the entire
truth of who this man was and some parts
are ugly. Some parts are abhorrent but
there's nothing that I can do to change
those things and and there's nothing in
my portrayal that would suggest that we
forgive any of that.