HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Actor Bill Paxton did some studying at Sam Houston State University Tuesday but not in a class.

The Twister star is preparing to play the role of Sam Houston in an upcoming miniseries.

Paxton toured the school s museum, looking at letters and artifacts that once belonged to the Texas hero.

You see a man who had this kind of courage and character and you realize we need people like this, said Paxton. We need people to be raised like this.

The miniseries is called Texas Rising and will be produced by the History Channel.

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