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The Full Trailer for Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' is Here: VIDEO


It's the  other Lincoln movie of the year — the one in which he isn't a vampire hunter — and damn if Daniel Day-Lewis isn't the spitting image, but will there ever be a movie that touches on Lincoln's rumored homosexuality? We'll see.

If Tony Kushner won't touch it, who will?

Screenplay by Kushner based partly on the book A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, the film also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, James Spader, David Strathairn, Sally Field, and John Hawkes.

Watch the full trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

In 2004, C.A. Tripp published a controversial book suggesting Lincoln was gay, which I covered at the time of its publication:

According to the NYT review, among Tripp's assertions are that Lincoln had a "youthful affair" of four years with Joshua Speed, had a homosexual relationship with bodyguard David V. Derickson, shared a bed with a man named Billy Greene who told Lincoln's law partner that the president's thighs "were as perfect as a human being Could be," and "wooed" fellow lawyer Henry C. Whitney "to close intimacy and familiarity."

The book argues that it was Lincoln's homosexuality that led to his volatile relationship with Mary Todd Lincoln and describes an account by bodyguard Derickson's commanding officer: "Captain Derickson, in particular, advanced so far in the president's confidence and esteem that, in Mrs. Lincoln's absence, he frequently spent the night at his cottage, sleeping in the same bed with him and — it is said — making use of his Excellency's night-shirts!"

But that will likely be fodder for another movie...

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  1. This makes no mention of his moonlighting as a vampire slayer. So disappointed.

    Posted by: Adam | Sep 13, 2012 8:15:41 PM

  2. What we know to be true about Lincoln, in my view, is far more interesting than speculating about what we don't know.

    Posted by: KJ | Sep 13, 2012 8:15:47 PM

  3. Read Team of Rivals, the book the movie is based on. Clearly, Lincoln was not gay. Close male friendships and sharing beds was pretty common for 19th century. I teach US History and that's my take.

    Posted by: NICK | Sep 13, 2012 8:41:11 PM

  4. Why should the movie address unsubstantiated rumors? I would prefer it to stick to facts.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Sep 13, 2012 8:54:08 PM

  5. @KJ - Here, here. It obviously wouldn't bother me if Lincoln were gay but I'm not convinced that he was and the so-called evidence is flimsy at best. I care more about the kind of man he was that we DO know about and what he did.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Sep 13, 2012 9:28:26 PM

  6. I agree with Beahbeah. We should focus on what is definitely known or can be reasonably inferred based on a 19th century paradigm. Frankly, I'd find modern day figures we know are gay more interesting. So few are given proper cinematic treatment, and we're instead left with bad tropes and stereotypes.

    Posted by: Stefan | Sep 13, 2012 9:33:36 PM

  7. What a completely trifling thing to be concerned with, even here on this site. Sheesh. Let me remind you all. Spielberg. Day Lewis. Lincoln. Thank you. ;-)

    Posted by: Zlick | Sep 13, 2012 10:25:58 PM

  8. I read the C.A. Tripp book and it was poorly written & full of both innuendo & presumption. It was an embarrassment to legitimate historians. That being said, I like the trailer.

    Posted by: yep22 | Sep 13, 2012 11:04:31 PM

  9. It's amazing how many jump to unwarranted conclusions on the hope of finding more validation for themselves and totally encouraging that most comments here flatly repudiate the unsubstantiated rumors of a poorly written and researched book.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 14, 2012 1:13:10 AM

  10. I can't wait to see it. It's not some trash about the 'suffering' of southern slaveowners, it's about the second American Revolution and it's completion of part of the work of the First.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Sep 14, 2012 6:11:26 AM

  11. Interesting that the RACIST Bill Perdue would be trolling this site too. Advocating for another civil war. Extraordinary.

    Posted by: Hdtex | Sep 14, 2012 7:15:44 AM

  12. So back then men often shared the same bed with the same man for many, and I do mean many, years and nothing sexual happened between them. Yelp, that makes sense. Of course the country couldn't expect it's president to sleep by himself in his own cot. It just wouldn't be the American way.
    Oh, I keep forgetting, Gays only started existing in the 1960's. How could I forget.

    Posted by: ELI | Sep 14, 2012 8:15:06 AM

  13. Hollywood is highly homophobic so there's no chance that Lincoln would include any homosexual connotation.

    Also, the ghastly word "gay" did not exist in Lincoln's time. Men did not have a gay identity in today's sense of gay identity. They might have realized they were able to be attracted to men but it wasn't a political thing. If they slept with men, they slept with men.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 14, 2012 8:36:05 AM

  14. One thing I like already is that Daniel Day-Lewis is not doing the deep, solemn "Lincoln voice" that makes every actor who plays Lincoln sound like the animatronic Lincoln in Disney's Hall of Presidents.

    I've always heard that Lincoln's voice was reedy and even a bit high-pitched, and it sounds like Day-Lewis is aiming more for that territory. Good for him.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Sep 14, 2012 11:45:04 AM

  15. reedy voice? perfect thighs? civil rights leftie? bad relationship with the missus? sounds kinda gay to me... just saying...

    Posted by: graphicjack | Sep 14, 2012 1:15:51 PM

  16. @Hdtex,

    R U always that intellectually challenged, or only when Bill is around?

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Sep 14, 2012 1:56:20 PM

  17. I can only partially agree w/ u, Zlick :
    Day Lewis,thank you.
    Lincoln, thank you.

    Spielberg, NO thank you!!!
    The schlockmeister is not the right person for this enterprise.

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Sep 14, 2012 2:03:49 PM

  18. "....The movie looks in line with War Horse though, which I found exceptionally tedious."


    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Sep 14, 2012 2:17:08 PM

  19. @Eli: That doesn't prove the man was gay or bisexual. We have no idea if he did in fact have sexual relations with that man or not. Maybe he did, maybe he didn't. We just don't know. It wasn't unheard of for men to have a deep affection for other men without their being a sexual attraction or at least consummation of any such attraction. You're trying to fit a mentality from today onto a previous era which is never a good thing in examining history. Just as you see this as dismissing evidence of Lincoln's supposed gay/bi orientation, one could easily say that you are adopting a "John Wayne" mentality in that straight men are unable to express lvoe or affection for one another without them being Mo's.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Sep 14, 2012 6:03:30 PM

  20. Oh, no. Not Sally Field. She's either Gidget or Norma Rae. Her range is entirely binary.

    Posted by: Guy | Sep 14, 2012 7:34:55 PM

  21. @JOHNAGJ And all this "We just dont know", is crap. We do know because we have read the love letters between the men in question. By suggesting "You're trying to fit a mentality from today onto a previous era which is never a good thing in examining history.", you contradict yourself by already stating that the evidence "doesnt suggest he was gay or bisexual". Gay and bisexual are labels from today. What we see is Lincoln is a man who enjoyed sex with men and despised his wife.

    Posted by: ozguynyc1 | Nov 12, 2012 7:39:19 AM

  22. Excellent advice no matter what kind of work you do.

    Posted by: my desert congregational church | Jan 19, 2013 4:44:01 AM

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