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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Movies: Lincoln Biopic 

Am I alone in finding Liam Neeson an odd choice to portray Abraham Lincoln?

According to Variety, Steven Spielberg is in negotiations with Liam Neeson to play President Abraham Lincoln in a biopic that is scheduled to start production next January.

The DreamWorks movie about the President is based on a bio being written by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The book entitled “The Uniter: The Genius of Abraham Lincoln” will be published next fall.
Neeson is a great actor, no doubt. But watching a Brit (or any foreigner) assume the role of America's greatest president just seems, well, un-American. Plus, I don't want to see the President sit young Tad Lincoln on his lap and explain midichlorians to him.

Is there not a single domestic actor that could pull this off? Tim Robbins is a pretty tall guy. And what about the guy that played Lincoln in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure?


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