Ben Walker Talks ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER and Stephen Frears’ MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT at WonderCon 2012

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At this past weekend’s WonderCon, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov, star Ben Walker and writer Seth Grahame-Smith showed off a new trailer and an extended section of a big action set piece that featured all the principal cast.  If you missed Dave’s recap of the panel, click here.  You can also watch the new trailer here.

Shortly before the panel, I got to sit down with Walker for an extended interview.  We talked about his reaction to the footage he’s seen, what it was like to work with Bekmambetov, what kind of research he did to play Abraham Lincoln, how the 3D be used, and he talks about a particularly gory reshoot and his favorite action scene in the movie.  In addition, with Walker getting ready to film Stephen Frears’ Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, he revealed who he plays and how excited he is to work his Christopher Plummer.  Hit the jump to watch.

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  • 0:25 – Benjamin Walker talks about his reaction to his film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
  • 0:35 – They’re currently doing ADR (dialogue replacement) and Walker mentions his thoughts on the rough cut he’s seen.
  • 0:55 – Walker talks about director Timur Bekmambetov’s vision managing to surpass his initial high hopes for the picture.
  • 1:35 – Walker talks about a particularly gory reshoot and his favorite action scene to film in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
  • 2:35 – According to Walker, Homeland Security doesn’t let you take axes on planes.
  • 2:55 – Walker talks about the level of research they did to prepare for his role as Abraham Lincoln, especially for the voice of the 16th President of the United States.
  • 4:00 – The 3D effects will be used as “a tool, not a gimmick” according to Walker. He talks about how Bekmambetov used the tool to interact with the audience.
  • 4:55 – In terms of minimal or repetitive takes for a shot, Walker discusses which method he prefers and which director Bekmambetov resembles.
  • 5:55 – Walker talks about an upcoming project with Stephen Frears (High Fidelity) and Christopher Plummer titled Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.
  • 7:05 – As a fan of movies and technology, Walker reveals what he hopes to see at WonderCon.


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  • Mr_Bungle

    The trailer and the director’s pedigree (the horrid “Wanted”) have me reaching for the barf bag everytime I hear about this movie, but this guy’s interview made it sound pretty good I must say. Still won’t be there opening day, I’ll at least be open to check it now as a matinee to see if this guy’s charm carries through onto the big screen.

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