It's a real shame (and it ignores the fact that Neeson looks about ten years younger than Honest Abe), but it does open up the field for a few new contenders to take the field to play our 16th President. So today, we've got a look at what it might look like if someone else was cast as Abe Lincoln! According to a news item that went up this week, actor Liam Neeson is no longer in the running to star in Steven Spielberg's as-yet-entirely-theoretical biopic about Abraham Lincoln. According to Neeson, his reasoning lies in Neeson's being "past my sell-by date," which is to say that he's two years older than Lincoln was when he died.
It's a real shame (and it ignores the fact that Neeson looks about 10 years younger than Honest Abe), but it does open up the field for a few new contenders to take the field to play our 16th president. So today, we've got a look at what it might look like if someone else was cast as Abe Lincoln.
Naturally, Lee will be played by an orange '69 Charger driven by two moonshine-running good ol' boys who never mean no harm.
Of course, with Norton's penchant for more psychologically charged roles, producers might need to add an additional element to his story. Sure, there's the internal conflict over preserving the union and whether to end slavery, but audiences really respond to twist endings. So please, don't reveal the shocking secret of the Lincoln/Davis relationship to your friends.
Plus, the scene where he'd cover himself in oil and kung-fu fight a dozen confederate soldiers while simultaneously writing the Gettysburg Address? That's something we can all enjoy.
Plus, as an added bonus, you could totally get Alfonso Ribeiro as Vice President Andrew Johnson and Martin Lawrence as Secretary of State William H. Seward, who survived an assassination attempt on the same day as Abe's. History does not tell us if his reaction was a comedic "damn, Gina!" but we're willing to take poetic license on that one.