'Waco' creators hope to humanize both sides of Davidian siege

'Waco' creators hope to humanize both sides of Davidian siege

"Many believe the Branch Davidians' leader, David Koresh, was hell-bent on the mass suicide of his followers, which wasn't the case".

The only solid point "Waco" establishes in its opening episodes is that regardless of how unsavory Koresh was, the tens of followers in his compound, including women, children and infants, did not deserve to be showered with bullets by trained agents wielding assault rifles.

Taylor Kitsch channels David Koresh in Waco. "If I have done my job, there will be times when you despise Koresh", says Kitsch.

While there's a general consensus that mistakes were made by all parties, after years of knowledge and reflection, McNamara is unwavering in his belief that most of the fault falls on Koresh. Which is why it's so significant that the six-part series Waco, based on the USA government's notorious 1993 raid on an end-of-days religious sect known as the Branch Davidians, will not be taking sides. After what became the longest gun battle in US law enforcement history, four ATF agents and six civilians were dead and dozens more were wounded.

"I think he was mad brilliant, and that would be very hard to debate that he wasn't", Kitsch says of Koresh, whom he calls "Dave" throughout our interview.

News of taking on the role of Koresh at Waco's New York City premiere.

He said he'd probably run that speech thousands of times. John Erick and Drew Dowdle, creators of Waco, drew their script from sources like Federal Bureau of Investigation negotiator Gary Noesner's Stalling for Time, and the book by Branch Davidian survivor David Thibodeau, A Place Called Waco. "And we had already spent a couple of weeks in character filming scenes inside the compound in the room where Koresh would do his sermons, and I mean it was just a lot of emotions".

"He would be an incredible coach", Kitsch said. I think people come to their own [conclusions] or deal with it however they do, but it was just really fascinating for me.

Any narrative that has been long dominated by questionable "official" accounts bulldozing the perspective of an unsympathetic party is going to contend with these problems.

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