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Well the assassination of president Abraham Lincoln was one of the most significant events in our nation's history and now based on the best selling book by Bill O'Reilly.
You know -- love.
He wrote this book killing Lincoln National Geographic is chronicling the final days of our sixteenth president and the man who -- them.
Take a look at killing Lincoln.
It is a fact.
Rumors of assassinations games.
It remains a constant subject consume between myself.
Kids who aren't even in the east is recovering the doors to the White House -- go back.
One and all day and night -- My life is within reach of anyone seen or -- I didn't -- -- -- -- We're joined now by Billy Campbell and Jesse Johnson who played president Lincoln and his assassin John Wilkes -- nice to see you guys welcome thanks for having us.
When you watch that and you have to try to get in character Billy we don't have much to go on we know we know what it's what is -- maybe sounded like we know the way that he walks.
We don't have any videotape of president Lincoln how do you prepare for roll like that.
I a you know the extent of my preparation was diving into the script and figuratively speaking into the arms of the very generous -- who wrote the script and he.
What if -- -- was a Lincoln fanatic from youth.
So he was mine living breathing walking Lincoln encyclopedias.
There's anecdotal evidence for the notion that Lincoln's voice was high and Tinny.
Which we thought would have been a bit distracting so I didn't go for that but I didn't know until I opened my face to speak can for the first time on film.
Are Lincoln would sound like.
The audience and even -- Gettysburg most people as hearing the Gettysburg address for the first time didn't even hear it they could even hear a multiple the din of the crowd.
Jesse playing a character like John Wilkes -- seems so.
What we know of him sort of two dimensional -- we don't have much to go on with him as a human being outside of the theater and of what we know him about the assassination must have been hard for you to try to bring this character to life.
In this film to give him more legs and just what we know.
Well I think they've you know playing a villain you're actually given quite a little license to explore because they're larger than life characters -- -- -- -- John Wilkes Booth is no and exception.
In fact I think it he's probably the consummate.
-- because he is.
A -- dramatic person things we don't know about -- was a famous actor in the nineteenth century -- a matinee idol like.
Very popular and well liked and also came from an acting family and so.
His interpretation of reality was sort of curiously.
Dramatic and he.
That the whole world's a stage I would say is his main platform that he was able.
A walk in the Ford's theater because people know it Madonna's home turf humiliated people don't think anything of it.
But let's talk about the -- side of this because for both of these characters it's gotta be hard to try to have these characters be grounded and not be.
He sort of mythical people they were humans after all -- I think that was if -- -- can speak for Jesse I think that was served because really the gist of it for both of us was to find the live news humanity and in.
Each of these things and -- each of these characters and and I know that that is certainly what I focused on -- in the warmth.
Finding the real human being you know over time Lincoln has been I can't knives.
We don't really think of them as a human being used.
As close as we have to a saint.
Come and so the my goal was was to find the warmth and then and then the connection.
And -- Tom Hanks also plays a role in this film as well.
-- does he adds the the story telling component to it the narrative component I think that.
-- -- National Geographic for their first outing and this -- scripted programming they wanted to you know.
Keep the film -- worth its weight in that -- border of National Geographic so what they've done is actually created a new format which is this.
I would say he would docking thriller looks like holidays on Israel I'm talking.
You can only watch yesterday's -- -- -- he coined the term but ultimately that's a valid I like historical TV.
You know film event because it just it it's it's basically you get one incredibly intense awesome action moment to the next.
Within a dramatic narrative structure film and then all this information -- and by Tom Hanks in the middle and seen -- walk away educated but more importantly entertainment it's great I like this new donkey thriller well you.
Anyway you -- it's going to be fascinating and it debuts Sunday night at 8 PM on the National Geographic channel is called killing Lincoln billing just great to see this morning thanks so much thank thank you.
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