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

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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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