Historical Error In Lincoln Will Stand, Says Writer
Neither Lincoln director Steven Spielberg nor writer Tony Kushner nor anyone at DreamWorks or the Walt Disney Co. is apparently going to apologize for misrepresenting Connecticut's vote on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery in the U.S. -- or correct the historical inaccuracy in the DVD release. Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney demanded the apology after seeing a climactic scene in the film in which two Connecticut representatives appear to vote against the measure. In fact, no Connecticut lawmaker voted against it. Courtney himself was later accused of attacking the accuracy of the film in order to boost the Oscar chances of Argo, whose director and star, Ben Affleck, campaigned for him in Connecticut in 2006. Sasha Stone on the website awardsdaily.com said on Monday, It's naive of him to imagine he wouldn't impact the Oscar race. He isn't that stupid. ... He should be more honest about his motives. Replying to Courtney's attack, Kushner said in a letter to the Wall Street Journal that he wanted to highlight the historical reality that the Congressional vote was very close. But Courtney told today's (Tuesday) Washington Post, Screenwriters are not obligated to present a documentary. But to me, the vote is so significant. . . And this will be a movie like Schindler's List, like Amistad, that is going to be a teaching tool, and Spielberg is clearly creating this movie for this purpose.