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Inside ‘Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter’ with Anthony Mackie

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The film version of Seth Grahame-Smith’s ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ is now in production. The author wrote the screenplay himself for his historical mashup, which is being produced by Tim Burton with Scott Walker as Lincoln and Anthony Mackie playing his valet and friend William Johnson. (There are, as you might have guessed, also vampires).

Our sibling blog 24 Frames talked to Mackie about the movie and his role. ‘It’s not so much fictional as it is a recontextualization of history,’ Mackie said. ‘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.’

‘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.’

In ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ there is a sinister connection between slaveholders and vampires. As will be revealed when the film is released in 2012.

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Anthony Mackie, left, at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday; book jacket from ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.’ Credits: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; Grand Central Publishing.


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