Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck The 10 Best Films Of 2003 The 10 Best Films Of 2003 The 10 Best Films Of 2002 The 10 Best Films Of 2002 Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

Jackie Earle Haley To Play Pro-Slavery Confederate Alexander Stephens In 'Lincoln'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist September 21, 2011 at 4:49AM

The story of Jackie Earle Haley is a pretty amazing one. The actor found modest success as a child actor and continued with his career into the mid '80s with appearances on both television and the big screen before moving behind the camera for the next couple of decades as a modest producer and director of commercials. But he returned to the big screen with a vengeance with a memorable turn as a pedophile in Todd Field's "Little Children" and from there, he's seen an amazing resurgence. With stints in "Watchmen," "Shutter Island," "A Nightmare On Elm Street" and in Tim Burton's forthcoming "Dark Shadows," Haley has established himself as one of the best character actors going and he's adding another big name director and project to his impressive resume.
3


The story of Jackie Earle Haley is a pretty amazing one. The actor found modest success as a child actor and continued with his career into the mid '80s with appearances on both television and the big screen before moving behind the camera for the next couple of decades as a modest producer and director of commercials. But he returned to the big screen with a vengeance with a memorable turn as a pedophile in Todd Field's "Little Children" and from there, he's seen an amazing resurgence. With stints in "Watchmen," "Shutter Island," "A Nightmare On Elm Street" and in Tim Burton's forthcoming "Dark Shadows," Haley has established himself as one of the best character actors going and he's adding another big name director and project to his impressive resume.

Though it's a bit obviously villainous, Haley will take on the role of pro-slavery Confederate Alexander Stephens in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" according to Deadline. The Vice President of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War, Stephens vehemently opposed Lincoln's plans to reform slavery, and in his infamous Cornerstone Speech, he argued, "Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition." Nice guy.

Haley joins a stupidly awesome cast that includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins and Lee Pace for the film that will focus on the last four months of Lincoln's life. So what does that mean? The closing days of the American Civil War; the Second Battle of Fort Fisher; the Burning of Columbia and the Battle of Bentonville, Lincoln’s landslide re-election, his second inaugural address, and the passing of the thirteenth amendment are all up for grabs for coverage in the movie, though of course, the scope of the project remains to be seen.

Based on the best-selling book, “Team of Rivals” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and featuring a script by Tony Kushner (”Angels In America”), shooting will begin later this year in Virginia with a fall 2012 release date -- after the presidential election -- in the works.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Lincoln, Jackie Earle Haley


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates