You have to hand it to all the entertainment publicists and marketing people who come up with creative ways to bring attention to a film or TV project. Who would have thought that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter would ever collide with Abraham Lincoln: Navy Aircraft Carrier? And yet, here it is.
Earlier this month, Benjamin Walker, who portrays the 16th President in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, along with some of the film’s cast and crew, visited the sailors serving aboard the Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, in the Middle East. This was the first time a major motion picture premiered for troops deployed in the Middle East. That’s pretty cool.
Joining Walker were co-stars Anthony Mackie and Erin Wasson, as well as by the film’s director Timur Bekmambetov, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and producer Jim Lemley.
You have to think this must have been surreal for the 1800 sailors on the ship, especially since they endured 90 degrees that day and 100 percent humidity to watch the film in the ship’s hangar bay (probably a piece of cake for these men and women). Word has it they cheered the film’s non-stop action, then received commemorative Lincolnesque tophats and fangs.
It was fun for the filmmakers, too. “Being a guest aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and showing its crew the film was an eye-opening, life-changing experience,” said Grahame-Smith. “Seriously. I know that sounds like something you’re supposed to say to be polite, but it’s true. Not because we got to stand on the flight deck and have our teeth rattled by afterburners, or because the sailors made up one of the most hospitable and enthusiastic audiences I’ve ever seen — clapping and cheering Abe on from beginning to end — but because we got to meet some of the most amazing, talented, hard-working and hospitable people in the world during our stay.”
Added Lemley: “After landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln and spending time with the brave and committed men and women of the United States Navy, it is clear that vampires don’t stand a chance!!!”
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Learn more at the Navy’s Web site, and follow on Twitter @usnavy.
Follow the film on Twitter @AbetheHunter and #VampireHunter. Here’s a little behind the scenes video of the trip…