Who Is Benjamin Walker, 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'
If he looks familiar, it's probably because he played a young Liam Neeson in 2004's Kinsey, about the life of biologist, zoologist and sexologist Alfred Kinsey — also starring Peter Sarsgaard, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Timothy Hutton, Laura Linney and Chris O'Donnell — but now Benjamin Walker is portraying an even greater historical figure, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, in director Timur Bekmambetov and writer Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
While Walker's role as Lincoln may not necessarily be historically accurate, it is his first starring role, adapted from the novel by the same author as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. "I think there's a version of this movie where you could go out and get, like, Tom Cruise to play Abraham Lincoln," said Grahame-Smith, according to ropeofsilicon.com. "Bad example, but you know, you could get a major movie star and put him in big platform shoes and everything, but that person would bring the baggage of who they are to this role."
Walker shares at least one formidable characteristic with his historical namesake — height. Walker, 6'3", is about an inch shorter than Lincoln was. "We've built a progression of Lincoln from boyhood through his later life based off his death masks and actual masks and casts of the actual man," Walker said of his portrayal of Lincoln. "So that's worth the price of admission right there — to watch Lincoln grow old in front of your eyes in a film context."
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, also starring Dominic Cooper and Anthony Mackie, opens in theaters on Friday, June 22.
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