I just recently heard that Bill O’Reilly is publishing a story on the Lincoln assassination. In an interview from USA Today, O’Reilly hints at the filmic qualities of his new book:
O’Reilly says he’s also talking to “big hitters” about turning Killing Lincoln into a cable TV special. “It’s very cinematic. Action! Action!”
Who would he like to play Lincoln?
“I’d always thought Harrison Ford would make a great Lincoln — the brooding, the physicality.”
And Booth, the actor turned assassin?
“That sleazy bastard? There are so many sleazy bastards in Hollywood. It would be a big casting call.”
(Read the full text here.)
Now, I’ll make this pretty clear, I am a Harrison Ford apologist to the extreme – the man can do little wrong in my eyes, but I wonder – would he be a good Lincoln?
I guess this gets down to the meat and potatos of a question that I’ve been pondering for some time: what does it take to portray Abraham Lincoln successfully?
I’ll have to mull this over a bit more… but it does bring up an interesting line of inquiry.