Anthony Mackie talks Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Earlier in the week we brought you the latest poster for supernatural action flick Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter , and now Anthony Mackie has weighed in with a few more details about what we can expect from the film.

Mackie plays William, Lincoln’s childhood friend turned valet, who assists the President in his nighttime endeavours to slay the forces of evil.

“We did a ton of training,” says Mackie. “I can honestly say that Timur [ Bekmambetov ] is amazing because he shot this film like it was a real 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.”

And Mackie even goes as far as to compare the finished article to one of the seminal science-fiction movies of the ’90s.

“I feel like the great thing about [ my career ] is being able to do a pleasant mixture,” explained Mackie. “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.”

Quite the claim. You can see whether Mackie has been over-egging the pudding when the film arrives in the UK on 2 August 2012.

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