CASTING FOR FUTURE PRESIDENTIAL FILMS

May 06, 2011: Barry Cauchon

Last month, Robert Redford’s feature film, The Conspirator was released in theaters across North America. Although many in the Lincoln Assassination Research community are quite pleased with the film, the one criticism that I’ve heard more than any other is that the actors did not resemble the characters they were hired to play.

So to have some fun with this, let’s play the game of Casting Agent. I’d like you to pick some historical characters from US history and cast an actor to play them in a future Presidential film. The actor can be living or dead but the only stipulation is that the actor has to look as much like the historical character as possible. Talent is not required.

Send your choices with pictures (of both the character and the actor) to my email at outreach@awesometalks.com.

I’ll start you off with a few choices of my own and post the best of your picks as they come in.

Have fun.

Here are two historical characters that you can start casting for. Or chose your own historical character and cast the actor that looks most like them.

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

NOVEMBER (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR LINCOLN FRIENDS & FOES

AS OF NOVEMBER 2012

Here are some November birthdays for Lincoln’s friends and foes. And perhaps a few contemporaries who lived during his time but whom he may not have been personally acquainted with.

  James K. Polk – 11th President of the United States from 1845-1849. Born November 2, 1795. Age 217.

  Edwin Thomas Booth – Actor and brother of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. Ironically in 1863 or 1864, Edwin Booth saved the life of Robert Lincoln when he fell from a New Jersey railroad station platform while a moving train passed. Born November 13, 1833. Age 179.

  

John Andrew B. Dahlgren – Admiral and inventor of Civil War Dahlgren-cannons. Two 11″ Dahlgren smoothbore cannons were mounted in the turret of the USS Monitor. Born November 13, 1809. Age 203.

  Louis-Jacques Daguerre – Photographer and inventor of the Daguerrotype photographic process. Born November 18, 1787. Age 225.

  James A. Garfield – 20th President of the United States from March 4-Sept 19, 1881. Born November 19, 1831. Age 181.

  Franklin Pierce – 14th President of the United States from 1853-1857. Born November 23, 1804. Age 208. 

  Zachary Taylor – 12th President of the United States from March 5, 1849-July 9, 1850. Born November 24, 1784. Age 228.

  Oliver Fisher Winchester – Rifle manufacturer (Winchester). Born November 30, 1810. Age 202.

  Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) – Author / writer. Born November 30, 1835. Age 177.

Happy birthday gentlemen!

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

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If you are interested in Abraham Lincoln, you should read these interviews by two Lincoln experts:

“An Awesometalk With” Harold Holzer, Lincoln Scholar

(posted on November 10, 2008) 

  “An Awesometalk With” Dr. Thomas Schwartz, Illinois State Historian 

(posted on December 08, 2008) 

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