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'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' star Anthony Mackie: Our movie will be educational

March 2, 2011 |  4:35 pm


It was a bestselling book that's now a highly anticipated movie, but can "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," a story that has the 16th president exacting revenge on the vampires who killed members of his family, also be a teaching tool?

Anthony Mackie, who stars in next year's Fox film opposite Benjamin Walker, says the tale will contain plenty of nutritional value. "It's not so much fictional as it is a recontextualization of history," Mackie, who plays Lincoln valet and friend William Johnson, told 24 Frames. "There are actual moments and things that happened in the annals of time. Abraham Lincoln's friend William Johnson really was a freed man of color."

Like Seth Grahame-Smith's book, the movie -- which will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Tim Burton --  assumes the existence of vampires in the 19th century as the nation was on the brink of Civil War. As the story progresses, we learn that the creatures have a sinister investment in keeping slavery legal. Lincoln's personal animus toward the vampires for what they did to his family drives him to hunt them down, a crusade he continues even from the White House as he pursues an abolitionist agenda.

"This movie will tell us what pre-Emancipation Proclamation America was like," Mackie said. "It puts you in a position where you want to go back and read a book about 1860-1925 America." (More on the up-and-comer, who stars as an angel with a conscience in this weekend's "The Adjustment Bureau," coming shortly.)

Mack Mackie said that despite the whimsical premise, "Vampire Hunter" doesn't take the liberties with history that skeptics might expect. "It's not like Abraham Lincoln is going to have a top hat and dreadlocks. No, he's going to look like Abraham ... Lincoln."

The actor added that there a lot of misconceptions about how much the book was inspired by true events. "It's interesting reading the blogs, saying 'Look at this token thing -- they're going to put Abraham Lincoln with a black guy.' No you dumb ... one of his best friends was a black dude."

Mackie is set to shoot the movie shortly in New Orleans opposite his Juilliard classmate Walker, who plays Lincoln. While the film was, of course, conceived as entertainment, Mackie says he feels a responsibility to turn it into something more.

"We as entertainers have to make this stuff interesting," he said. "We have to give kids in the next generation a reason to go and do the work. Otherwise they wouldn't want to."


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Photos: Book jacket from "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Credit: Grand Central Publishing. Anthony Mackie at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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When does filming actually begin?

I love this book!


"-it is a recontextualization of history." LOL. It's not lying, it's representing a different truth. Or, my favorite, "truth is what you want it to be. . . ."

And, "Don't let facts get in the way of perception. . . ." Right, "fantasy" is more real to us than historical personages. If we reinvent, reenvision, and update any historical passages or events to reflect the understanding and conventions of a modern audience, we then prevent history from "repeating itself" /smirk -as we make it up to suit our own level of ignorance.

This article would be utterly hilarious if it adherents didn't have sympathetic counterparts in the educational system whereby all cultures are now equal without any baseline comparitive values being standard. Revisionist-history is now popular and PC holds sway over known facts.

If course, it's a movie. Of course, it's based upon a fantasy book. Of course, some people will believe it to be true. . .

I love this book, also was interesting admiring Abe was a big reason why I wanted to read it, I don't read many books but this 1 took 4 days and I suggest anyone to read it>A movie I hope it's as good, can't wait!!

Ugh. Had me interested until Tim Burton's name came into it. Two more hours of "I'm such a tortured artist" schlock.

People need to know Lincoln had personal tragedies that would of dictated his actions . Now of course , Lincolns being judged for his RACIAL VIEWS?? Its not his racial views you see its really his immense human dignity views that should inspire us all and how we judge the greatest president this country will ever know. He cared a lot about the future of african americans and how they would live a peacful life with so much hate and racism . A very sad fact of american history . He tried but ,in the end, sacrificed his life .

Well, fotunately through films we could understand our world, not only throgh boring classes that just tell us that history is written by heroes. No of course not, politics are and were human beings with red blood running through their veins, interests and negative thinkings.
I hope to see the film soon!

Just another example of the garbage Hollywood puts out. Hey, lets take a piece of history and distort the truth so people will think its cool. When Hollywood produces garbage like this people actually think its true. I am a tour guide in Lincoln's hometown and people actually ask me if Lincoln really hunted vampires! If the author and hollywood actually think that this crap will inspire americans to pick up a book and learn about pre-emancipation america then they're as stupid as the americans who think this crap is factual. FYI, this book is not sold ANYWHERE in Springfield, Illinois.

If Lincoln were alive today, he would certainly be asked to contextualize some of his suggestions for freed slaves!

One thing that we do not read or hear about Abraham Lincoln is this. At the same time that he was working to abolish slavery, his generals were doing what they could to illuminate the American Indian in the west. That includes men, women and children. That seems to have been swept under the rug.

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everybody knows Lincoln was going to send blacks who wanted to return back to Africa, but he thought some of them would want to return home to Africa cause that is where they were from, That is all end of story, anything beyond that is utter nonsense and exist only in fiction.. There is nothing else to it where theses documents at that were supposedly found they don't exist except in the deranged mind of the author. I am from Missouri the show me state where is the prof. I know they can't produce fictional documents. Get Real.

I am not sure which definition of "illuminate" Marshall Henderson is using.

il·lu·mi·nate (-lm-nt)
v. il·lu·mi·nat·ed, il·lu·mi·nat·ing, il·lu·mi·nates
1. To provide or brighten with light.
2. To decorate or hang with lights.
3. To make understandable; clarify: "Cleverly made attacks can . . . serve to illuminate important differences between candidates" (New Republic).
4. To enlighten intellectually or spiritually; enable to understand.
5. To endow with fame or splendor; celebrate.
6. To adorn (a page of a book, for example) with ornamental designs, miniatures, or lettering in brilliant colors or precious metals.
7. To expose to or reveal by radiation.
1. To become lighted; glow.
2. To provide intellectual or spiritual enlightenment and understanding: "Once you decide to titillate instead of illuminate, you're on a slippery slope" (Bill Moyers).
3. To be exposed to or revealed by radiation.

if someone was not there then trashing the assinated lincon is hear-say to try to prophet themselves

CHANGING HISTORY not a new concept specifically when there is money to be made I guess that the new views are not as creditable as one might think.

Mostly, I just find it sad that this guy doesn't seem to know that 1860-1925 is POST Emancipation Proclamation.

Wow, cannot wait for this movie. When does it release?

When are we going to get away from this vampire thing? Why encourage more evil and ghoulish behavior in the world and fill young minds with garbage. No I will not watch this movie or any movie without something positive and encouraging to say that will bring people above the demonic. You will probably make money, but at what cost? For you can gain the whole world brother, but the price your soul will have to pay, can you afford THAT?

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address has inspired
Americans for generations, but consider his jarring remarks in 1862 to a White House audience of free blacks, urging them to leave the U.S. and settle in Central America. "For the sake of your race, you should sacrifice something of your present comfort for the purpose of being as grand in that respect as the white people," Lincoln said, promoting his idea of colonization: resettling blacks in foreign countries on the belief that whites and blacks could not coexist in the same nation. Lincoln went on to say that free blacks who envisioned a permanent life in the United States were being "selfish" and he promoted Central America as an ideal location "especially because of the similarity of climate with your native land — thus being suited to your physical condition." As the nation celebrates the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's first inauguration Friday, a new book by a researcher at George Mason University in Fairfax makes the case that Lincoln was even more committed to colonizing blacks than previously known. The book
"Colonization After Emancipation" ....
Is based in part on newly uncovered documents that authors Philip Magness and Sebastian Page found at the British National Archives outside London and in the U.S. National Archives. It makes his life more interesting, his racial legacy more controversial .... end
PS : Remember there's only 26 different basic themes for movies, and Hollywood has already gone through them sometime ago

i cant wait!!!!!!!!!

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