Honestly, Abe Lincoln to hit big screen as real deal and vampire hunter

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email
Abraham Lincoln, the Kentuckian will come back to life in theaters this summer.

Poster from upcoming movie "Aberham Lincoln Vampire Hunter"

"He was a Kentuckian. In fact, he made the statement that during the American civil war that I too, am a Kentuckian. And he always claimed that," says Ron Bryant, a Kentucky historian.

Abraham Lincoln, the Kentuckian will come back to life in theaters this summer.

"Abraham Lincoln stays above all else and any other historical figure in American history. He has been named the most influential person that has ever sat in office," adds Bryant.

Bryant is not surprised that Honest Abe is among the most talked about presidents, "He is a bigger than life character. He's legendary and so much of Lincoln now, is lost in legend that we sometimes forget the real person."

Steven Spielberg created a biopic called, Lincoln and then there will be another movie release called, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in 3-D based on the Seth Grahame-Smith book.

"Really, I have never in all of my study of Abraham Lincoln...ever associated him with vampires," Bryant adds.

While Bryant loves history, he isn't always fond of how it's portrayed on the big screen, "As a rule, I don't like historical movies of any kind because they butcher history. They have to make the story line flow."

As Bryant waits for the release of these movies, he continues to hold out hope that they won't stray entirely from the truth.

"I'm hoping that they will treat this with some dignity and try not to put in too many things that didn't happen because the history itself is far more complex and interesting than anything a writer could come up with," says Bryant.

Bryant tells WKYT that he plans on seeing the Spielberg movie, but it's unclear if he'll be seeing the vampire-slaying Lincoln film, "That would be a little bit of difficulty for me to sit through a movie and see our 16th president as a latter day, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I think that I would have difficulty with that."

Bryant is hoping that these two Lincoln-inspired movies will encourage people to learn more about the actual life of Abraham Lincoln, "Anything that promotes history is still worth while. You know the saying, there's no such thing as bad publicity, so in Abraham Lincoln's case, that may be true."

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