US Rep welcomes "Lincoln" concession on accuracy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Congressman who saw a flaw in the movie "Lincoln" says he is pleased the screenwriter has conceded an inaccuracy in its portrayal of an 1865 vote on slavery.

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, a Democrat who represents eastern Connecticut, said Friday he is still hoping that a correction can be made before the film is released on DVD.

Screenwriter Tony Kushner said in a statement released Friday it was not accurate to show two Connecticut congressmen voting against the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

But Kushner said his changes adhered to widely accepted standards for the creation of historical drama. He said he wanted to clarify the historical reality that the amendment passed by a very narrow margin.

"Lincoln," which leads the Oscars with 12 nominations, stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the former president.

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SherriJane
This is definitely a non-story other than trying to make Joe look like a big boy. He'd better be careful - it's Hollywood and movies that give them so much money. Now he's gone and insulted them. Oh if only our State could get this much attention. Nothing new here....
WorkingGirl34
Who cares about this??? Why is this important to ANYONE???
binky6567
Joe Courtney is out of order trying to change a movie after it has come out. It is a movie, not real life. Get a grip Joe and work on more importaint matters. How about cut the tax giveback for the film industry in CT instead. The jobs for the movies in CT always go to out of state workers any way. In state workers get non usable health benifits if they work in their home state of CT. I know because I am one of them! I live in CT and always have to work outside CT to get health benifits for my family. Fix that one Joe! Stop grand standing and start fixing life for the real CT workers. (in the film industry)
 

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