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Watch Anthony Mackie Slice & Dice In New Clip From 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 12, 2012 8:25 PM
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We finally get a proper look at Anthony Mackie in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Check out Mr Mackie, co-starring alongside Benjamin Walker as the titular Abe, in action, chopping up some Vampires onboard a speeding train.

Mackie plays the role of Will, Lincoln’s BBF.

The flick will be in theaters, in 3D, on June 22 - next week Friday.

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18 Comments

  • Ronald T. Jones | June 16, 2012 3:26 AMReply

    Check out the Chronicles of Harriet Tubman by Balogun. It's the same concept where a historical figure is endowed with superhuman abilities and tasked with battling fantastical villains. I like the premise in both Balogun's book and the upcoming Abraham Lincoln movie. Those of us who are historically aware can ably distinguish the fantasy of slaveholding vampires from the reality of who and what these people were.

  • Africameleon | June 19, 2012 4:09 AM

    RTJ, this is not the same... And they are not parallel concepts. I'd rather not go into the reasons these are not the same, because I assume that you wouldn't be willing to contrast the specific differences in the premise of the Balogun book and ALVH. So never mind.

    But the idea that some folks are "smart enough" to know the difference b/t historical fantasy and historical reality is NOT the point of the conversation. That line of argument is always quite irritating...

  • Realdiamond | June 13, 2012 11:53 AMReply

    This movie is for the sci -fi buffs ,not to be historically accurate. FYI vampires are not real. The horrible institution of slavery was very real. This movie just uses that historical fact to build its fiction on. I like my vampires to be bad and ugly not sexy. The real issue is why we don't see more blacks in the sci - fi genre and making sci - fi movies. We don't have to be so deep all the time . Our life is hard enough. Kill those bloodsuckers !

  • Africameleon | June 13, 2012 3:13 PM

    Yes RD I agree, "we don't have to be so deep all the time." But we do need to ask why these films are green-lit and given the budget that affords them the opportunity to be both visually stunning and palpable to the broader U.S. audience. While African-Americans write sci-fi/horror/fantasy scripts and are also producing quality graphic novels both with and without "black" themes (what ever that means...), their projects and novels are not green-lit into major motion pictures. I'm just asking, "why?" and "why still?" Not to assume to much, but I think most of us know the answers to those questions.

  • WOW | June 13, 2012 8:45 AMReply

    Chauffeur Birmingham Brown! That's it. Anthony Mackie is Hollywood's new Mantaan Moreland. Mackie, with his bulging eyes and cackling laugh, is quickly becoming a favorite (do-boy) supporting player in Hollywood movies. Come to think of it, I hear Mackie is in discussions for the remake of the Charlie Chan series.... and no, he's not playing the fictional Chinese-American detective.

  • WOW | June 13, 2012 4:33 PM

    You're right AfroM, he's not exactly like Mantan. Mr. Moreland was a great actor who was the lead in many of his films. He was in fact, one of the leading black american actors during the late 30's-40's. Truth be told, Anthony Mackie has a long way to go. Looking at his career, one would be hard pressed to name 2 great performances. So at the present time, I will continue to compare him to the new jack chauffeur, Birmingham Brown the black sidekick.

  • Africameleon | June 13, 2012 3:25 PM

    C'mon WOW, I wouldn't go as far as to say Mackie is like Mantan Moreland. If we say that of him then we should say that of all black male actors in Hollywood films. He's played a variety of characters, and that's an actors dream really. He has the same burden of representation black actors in major film have always had. And the place of black actors in studio film is a peculiar one. He's made independent films that are better. So I'd rather not have that conversation, and just give him a break.... Besides, I love Anthony Mackie he's from NOLA and it's hard to shake that southern drawl :).

  • Africameleon | June 13, 2012 1:19 AMReply

    This looks like a disaster. I really, really, don't like the premise of the novel and (by extension) the film. Portraying slave Owners/Confederates as vampires is a denial of the fact that the institution was the foundation of western capitalism. The South, North, Midland, and West profited from the system in one way or another through both economic and social capital. Slavery and its later incorporation into other industries affords whites race privilege in the present. So is vampirism = racism? Does slavery = vampirism? I'm confused as to what connection we are supposed to make from the relationship b/t the anti-blackness of slavery and white supremacy and vampirism. Or am I missing the point? Probably... the film isn't about black people (or slavery really), it's about the superman of all abolitionists, right? Abe Lincoln as a screen surrogate for white progressives/liberals/hipster-racists.

    Yes, brother Mackie, next time just say no! You're too talented to let folks borrow your chocolate for a cheap dessert. He'll probably be the bright spot in a terrible film. I'm not looking forward to this.

  • Charles Judson | June 13, 2012 10:51 AM

    As anyone actually read the book? I'm not disagreeing with the points AM is making. Some of the reviews of the book, which I haven't read yet, said the same thing. I think we're missing out on a richer conversation.

  • Laura | June 13, 2012 10:24 AM

    I agree with AfricaMeleon. That was my first thought when I heard of the book as well as the movie concept. It is the same stereotype of (white)Southerners or institution of slavery as something that some bad man did. Not the fact the slave institution created the New World and gave rise to the industrialization of the Europe. Having said that. I want to see the film. I love Timur Bekmambetov. And visually I find this film visually breathtaking. I will suspend my political beliefs for this film.

  • BluTopaz | June 13, 2012 9:12 AM

    what AfricaMeleon said

  • Brandon | June 13, 2012 12:08 AMReply

    Ha! Name any horror, vampire, zombie movie out, and I've probably seen it. I will be there opening night lol. Forget what any one says. I AM EXCITED.

  • the black police | June 12, 2012 11:12 PMReply

    That didnt look right. Unfortunate.

  • Darkan | June 12, 2012 9:20 PMReply

    Did anybody notice that when Anthony and Lincoln shook hands there was dialogue but their lips didn't move? Brother Anthony, sometimes you gotta say no. Hollywood does whatever the **** they want. That was horrible. Made Prometheus look like a masterpiece. SMH

  • Darkan | June 13, 2012 12:02 PM

    @ Charles Judson, true enough but that doesn't change the fact that that was a bad edit job and very unforgivable bro.

  • Charles Judson | June 13, 2012 10:59 AM

    It's a one minute scene pulled out of context. I wouldn't assume that just because that line is in the clip it's the same as in the movie, or that's even in the movie at all. Trailers use unused and redited scenes and studios have been releasing publicity stills from deleted scenes since at least the 1930s.

  • reg | June 12, 2012 8:43 PMReply

    that was unpleasant

  • Ade | June 12, 2012 8:40 PMReply

    Is this a thrown back UNSTOPPABLE train scene filmic quote ? :)

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