Pace will be playing New York City mayor Fernando Wood, a rather colorful, if corrupt, politician. As New York’s mayor, he argued in favor of the Confederate cause as he was part of a political machine that received illegal funds skimmed from the profitable cotton trade. He even went so far to as to suggest to the City Council that the city secede from the United States and declare itself a “free city,” though they council pretty much laughed at the idea. Wood and Lincoln frequently traded correspondence over the issue.
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Pace has also recently been cast in Peter Jackson’s two-part adaption of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.