Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) Poster


Robin McLeavy was considered to play Lincoln's wife Mary Todd, and was later cast as Lincoln's mother Nancy Hanks.
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The scene where President Lincoln works at a large Oval Office desk while his son Willie plays with toys beneath it, is based on an iconic photograph of President John F. Kennedy and little John Kennedy Jr.
Dominic Cooper trained to be able to do a lot of his own stunt work with an axe.
When Adam bites Henry, Rufus Sewell had never played a vampire before. No one had given him "the talk" on how to perform a vampire bite which led to him accidentally breaking his fake vampire teeth. They were longer than he had realized.
Joshua Speed (played by Jimmi Simpson) was one of Abraham Lincoln's oldest friends dating back to their days in Springfield, Illinois. Although Joshua never actually came to Washington his brother James Speed was considered one of Lincoln's oldest friends in Washington and served as Attorney General from late 1864 until he resigned in 1866.
Benjamin Walker promoted the film in character for armed services personnel aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier named for the historical President he plays.
Shipped to the cinema with codename "Bloody Honest".
Several times through the course of his early training, Lincoln sustains wounds to his right eye. This is a possible reference to actual future events. When Booth shot Lincoln at Ford's Theater, the bullet lodged just behind his right eye.
Trent Reznor was approached about scoring and playing a minor part in the film, but the news leaked before the final decision and Reznor voted to pass on the project as the surprise element of his participation had already been lost.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2010 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
Benjamin Walker previously appeared, in 2010, in a stage production called "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson." In both that play and this film, he plays a title character who is a fantasy version of a real-life American President.
Tom Hardy was approached for the title role of Lincoln, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Later, Eric Bana, Timothy Olyphant, Adrien Brody, Josh Lucas, James D'Arcy, Rob Huebel and Oliver Jackson-Cohen were considered to play the role before Benjamin Walker was cast.
Both Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Cooper played the younger version of Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Mackie plays the character of Sam Wilson/Falcon who is the partner of Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
While preparing for the role, Benjamin Walker delivered the Gettysburg Address to the director and producer.
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The movie was shot in 2D and post converted into the 3D format.
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This was Rufus Sewell's first time playing a vampire.
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In season 2, episode 7 of Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a character pitches a screenplay idea where Abraham Lincoln fights zombies.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At the end of the film, when Lincoln says goodbye to Henry, his wife Mary called him saying that they will be late for the theater. That theater excursion was the last made by Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated in Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, dying in a coma at 7:22 the next morning.
Although both are credited to the same author Seth Grahame-Smith, the book and movie sharing the title "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" are very different. Adam and Vadoma do not appear in the book - they were created to satisfy the fantasy-action movie tradition's demand an "archnemesis". In the book Henry was born in the 1500s and Abe recognizes him as a vampire at first sight. Vampiric twists are given to many well-known trivial anecdotes from Abe's biography, as well as additional Civil War battles such as Bull Run and Antietam. There are tangential subplots involving historical figures such as Edgar Allan Poe, William Henry Seward, General George B. McClellan, and John Wilkes Booth. (The movie's inclusion of Harriet Tubman, who was not in the book, may attempt to compensate for this loss.) Mary Todd Lincoln never learns about vampires. Vampires are able to kill other vampires, and there are many "vamp on vamp" battles whose absence is considered by book fans to be one of the film's largest shortcomings. There is also a surprising twist at the end.
There is a sequel to this movie in a book which follows the life of what Henry does when Abe dies.
Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote both the screenplay and the novel on which the movie is based, explained to Time Magazine that (contrary to many audience members' assumptions) the text-sending man in the bar, whom Henry recruits as his latest partner at the end of the movie, was not meant to be George W. Bush, Barack Obama, or any other real-life public figure. It's just the average man. To quote: "It's not meant to be anyone particular, it's just meant to sort of dovetail with the earlier scene of Henry and Abe." He also said that he himself played the texting man.

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