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The Guys Who Brought You 'Watchmen' Prepping 'Leonardo' About A Young Da Vinci

  • By Sam Price
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  • November 8, 2011 10:02 AM
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Homer Simpson made a fairly prescient prediction in the nineties. Forewarning that long after they’re six feet under, Simpson ventured that a celebrity’s image and legacy could be shamelessly exploited and manipulated, believing it wouldn’t be long before we’d “all be in commercials dancing with vacuum cleaners." Having endured Gene Kelly pimping Volkswagens or John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe doing their bit to keep Citroën afloat – not to mention the constant rumblings about resurrecting dead movie stars like Barbara Stanwyck and parachuting them into contemporary works of fiction - now, it seems, pretty much any historical figure is fair game for a whitewashing, regardless of whether or not there’s pre-existing footage. Whether it’s Abraham Lincoln hunting vampires, Jane Austen’s England populated with brain-chomping zombies, or Shakespeare being exposed as a beer-swilling “fraud,” anyone laced with the vaguest cultural cachet is grist for the revisionist mill.
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