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Bill Paxton Reveals the Family Connection to His Role on History's 'Texas Rising'

by Raphael Chestang 5:38 PM PDT, April 10, 2015
Playing Bill Paxton Reveals the Family Connection to His Role on History's 'Texas Rising'

ET went behind the scenes of History's Texas Rising with star Bill Paxton, getting an exclusive look at the upcoming miniseries.

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The project has a similar feel to the network's successful 2012 miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, which averaged 13.8 million viewers.

"Hatfield and McCoys was a great experience for all of us. We shot it in Romania," Paxton told ET. "This is like that. We are in Mexico for Texas. There's something about going to a foreign place to shoot. It gives it a kind of je ne sais quoi quality."

The eight-part television event focuses on how Houston led the Texas Revolution against Mexico.

Paxton plays Sam Houston, president of the Texas Republic, to whom the 59-year-old actor is a distant relative.

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"My great great great great great great grandparents on my father's side had a son and a daughter," Paxton said. "I'm a great descendant of the son. The daughter -- she grew to be Sam Houston's mother -- which makes Sam Houston my first cousin five generations removed."

Texas Rising debuts Memorial Day on History.

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