Abraham Lincoln the vampire slayer: Fact or fiction?

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 6:22 PM

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Abraham Lincoln has gone Hollywood, and it's not the Lincoln you may have read about or heard about.

Thanks to two movies out this year, the public is taking a keen interest in our 16th President. So what makes this Kentucky born Lincoln such an enduring pop culture icon?

Sure there's been plenty of historical docu-dramas about Lincoln's poor beginnings in Kentucky to his rise to political fame in Illinois, but the most recent movie to hit the theaters takes the cake, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.

Not exactly based on any historical fact.

WHAS11 went to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace in Hodgenville and asked a visitors what they thought about Hollywood portraying Lincoln as a vampire slayer:

"It was weird cause its Abraham Lincoln a vampire," visitor Kyle Santos said.

WHAS11: "He's not a vampire?"

Santos: "No."

WHAS11 "He's not a vampire slayer?"

Santos: "No."

While Hollywood figures out a way to cast Lincoln in the next Twilight saga, people from across the country continue to flock to Hodgenville to learn more about this country's most enduring leading man.
 
At Lincoln's birthplace you won't find any tours based on movies or books, nor will you find a Hollywood redcarpet. What you will find is an average of 400 visitors each day - folks who want to learn how a simple Kentucky resident became President.

"People look at him as an example of what its like to be a real leader and that draws people to this park, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and to the other Lincoln parks," Bill Justice, superintendent Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, said.

From log cabin to the White House to the big screen, it' an American story that Hollywood never gets tired of. The next movie about Lincoln is simply titled "Lincoln." The film, set to be released this winter, is a Steven Spielberg film starring Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Its based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Team of Rivals."

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