Anthony Mackie: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Is ‘The Matrix’ of The Next Generation

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:33 am,

We are six months away from the June 22 release of director Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s historical fantasy novel Abraham Linconln: Vampire Hunter, but Anthony Mackie, one of the films stars, is happily optimistic about its potential as an actioner game-changer.

We spoke with Mackie – who became a familiar face for moviegoers in 2011 with major roles in The Adjustment Bureau, Real Steel and others - at the press day for next weekend’s new twist on the heist movie Man on a Ledge, where he spoke about the action sequences and groundbreaking nature of Vampire Hunter.

Mackie plays William, Lincoln’s childhood friend, valet and partner in supernatural crime fighting in the Bekmambetov film which recasts the 16th President of the United States as the nation’s leader by day and monster-killer by night. Mackie describes the tone of and elaborate fight sequences in the film thusly:

“We did a ton of training. I can honestly say that Timur is amazing because he shot this film like it was a real like biography of Abraham Lincoln, but the action sequences are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. He realized that this fabricated story is so far out there that he had to go all the way out to make it work. So he just went as far as he could with the CGI and that trademark Timur cranking of shots and the storytelling.”

We were afforded a taste of Bekmambetov’s cinematic flavor with 2008′s Wanted.

“If you like those type of movies it gives you an aspect of history, but it also gives you an aspect of filmmaking that you’ve never seen before… It’s crazy. I saw it about two weeks ago and I didn’t know how to describe it for a day and half. Everybody kept asking me and I was like: I’m very happy I’m in it.”

Mackie has been able to enjoy a good balance between critically acclaimed dramas, large scale event films and indie favorites throughout the course of his career.

“I feel like the great thing about it is being able to do a pleasant mixture. Just recently I was able to do a play, two independent films and one big crazy studio film. But ‘Abraham Lincoln’ is like the ‘Matrix’ of the next generation. It’s going to do to film what ‘The Matrix’ did to film.”

Stay tuned for our interview with Mackie on his upcoming thriller Man on a Ledge.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter opens in theaters on June 22.

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  1. That’s a pretty brave statement, but it does make excited for it

  2. Cant wait! Going to be a great movie indeed! Im curious as to the new Camera shots they talk about!

  3. You mean this film will be great, but the sequels will be garbage?

    • Who said anything about sequels? Stop being a troll

      • Not being a “troll”. I was simply making a clever jab at the Matrix franchise. Chill out.

        • @Cam to be honest your troll comment makes you more of a troll than Ghost’s comment.

          To be honest, that Matrix joke was great… get ready for a ten minute scene of Abe Lincoln dancing in Zombie Zion!!

          • Thanks, I really appreciate all the excellent feedback. I dont really care what you think of me. I did not understand his comment. It was as if he was implying something. I left a kind comment, then the next response threw me off. You are trolling also. All I care about is seeing a great new flick.

        • Loved the Matrix jab. :)

          Abraham Lincoln knows kung fu

      • Saying something negative in joke form is not being a troll.

        • Noone asked you. I misunderstood his comment.

    • Guess you should have specified that the actors statement meant that audiences will be wowed by this movie, but Abraham Lincoln:Werewolf Killer and Abraham Lincoln:Zombie Slayer will not live up to expectations. Fans will be left wondering what happened….

      • I presumed the sequels would be entitled “Abraham Lincoln: Reloaded”, and “Abraham Lincoln: American Revolution”…

        • Hmmm, maybe “Abraham Lincoln:Resurrection”. He did get shot so he would have to come back somehow. They did do that vampire vs. zombie episode of Deadliest Warrior. Werewolves have to be worked into the series somehow if it is to continue though, I am almost sure it is written in blood on most of the Hollywood contracts.

          Problem is they have to figure out how to modernize it to include product placement. Movies just are not as good without an Apple product in some of the scenes.

  4. Mmmmmmmmmm…I’m sorry, no…I don’t see how that could be possible…

  5. Im very excited about this movie. It’s the first movie I learned about through screenrant, it’s the first movie I knew about before any of my friends while in afghanistan, and it started my addiction to youtube movie reveiwers. Nothing but well wishes for this movie

  6. Hmmmm

  7. I’m kinda excited about it, just have to wait and see.

  8. I am very excited about this, I read the book and enjoyed it, hopefully this movie turns out well.

  9. Bold prediction. I hope this doesn’t collapse under the weight of lofty expectations because it sounds promising.

  10. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is the Egg McMuffin of Matrix movies for the next generation.