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Your First Look At Anthony Mackie In Costume On The “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” Set

Your First Look At Anthony Mackie In Costume On The "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" Set

As we all should already know, Anthony Mackie is co-starring with Benjamin Walker in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox.

Mackie will play the role of Will, Lincoln’s best friend… naturally! What else would he be? Will is based on a real-life character by the way… William H. Johnson, who was essentially Lincoln’s manservant. Can your manservant also be your “best friend?” You tell me :)

Anyway… both Abe and Will get to kill a lot of vampires together. Apparently, in the book the film is based on, slavery is reduced to a mere contrivance of the vampires. So, don’t go into this expecting any substantive probe into slavery.

I actually started to read the book the film is based on, soon after I learned that the film was coming, but wasn’t particularly enthralled, so I put it down to read something else; and I still haven’t returned to it. And also because I don’t remember getting far enough into the book to learn about this Will character Mackie plays. He certainly isn’t mentioned until you’re into the thick of it, because I got about a third of the way through, and don’t recall him. But I’ll return to the book eventually, before the film is released and write up one of my book-to-film reviews.

What I really want to know whether the brotha dies at the end? Does he eventually get sliced up by a vampire, probably in an act of self-sacrifice to save his best friend Abe? :)

Tim Burton teamed with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov to produce the movie, based on the Seth Grahame-Smith novel that hit bookstore shelves last spring. He also wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which will be made into a movie, with Natalie Portman once-attached to star and David O. Russell circling as director.

Here’s Mackie on the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter set, in costume, and with some gray hairs as you can see, talking to MTV about other projects he’s being considered for,

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Adam Scott Thompson

White people don’t want to see us fully formed, so they have us play Sancho Panza to their Don Quixotes (Jeremy Renner > [but really equal to] Anthony Mackie). Even Denzel’s getting pimped out now as an on-the-job acting coach for white “breakthrough” actors (he elevated Ethan Hawke in “Training Day;” same thing with Chris Pine in “Unstoppable.”)

Mackie didn’t capitulate to supporting roles — that’s all that’s out there for the man who would be Don Cheadle; he’s just trying to eat without having to jump in Tyler “Citizen Coon” Perry’s back pocket. That alone is commendable. Yeah, he got robbed for “The Hurt Locker,” but so far he’s made all the right moves for a black actor… ’cause ain’t shit changed since Robert Townsend blew up the spot with “Hollywood Shuffle.”


I sure hope he has a substantial role that he can shine in and in that he definitely does not die at the end.

I love Mr. Mackie. He still deserves better, not getting nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Hurt Locker was a crime against humanity. Why can’t he be a lead? Where’s Bolden? FML


I really like Anthony Mackie i think he is a very accomplished young actor. I don’t want to criticize his choices as far as roles. But i just don’t get why some really great talents bring themselves to BFF roles. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

But work is work everybody has got to eat.

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