Lincoln Writer: Sorry I Changed History
Tony Kushner admits he fudged on Connecticut votes
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2013 2:34 PM CST
In this April 30, 2009 photo, Tony Kushner is shown at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn.   (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

(Newser) – It was only 15 seconds of fake history—but Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner owned up to them after a Connecticut lawmaker complained, reports Raw Story. Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney criticized the film for portraying two congressmen as voting against the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery. "Representative Courtney is correct that the four members of the Connecticut delegation voted for the amendment," wrote Kushner in a public letter. But he says Lincoln was "a dramatic film and not an attack on their home state."

Courtney seemed partly appeased, saying he didn't want people to "leave the theater believing Connecticut’s representatives in the 38th Congress were on the wrong side of history." But he still says he wants a correction before Lincoln comes out on DVD.

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Eat_Eateator
Feb 10, 2013 12:48 PM CST
I didnt like Batman, not enough killer croc
toryd
Feb 10, 2013 12:03 AM CST
The movie Lincoln apparently had some fake history--not being a historian, I don't know that much about the details, but it was a compelling movie. The movie Argo had many historical inaccuracies and made-up stuff, objected to by some of the people actually involved in the event. Ben Affleck brushed away the untruths by saying the movie was "based" on fact. It, too, was a compelling movie. It's too bad Hollywood can't seem to make a terrific movie without bending the truth.
spitzer
Feb 9, 2013 10:24 PM CST
I want some things changed in one of my all-times faves Gettysburg (1993) before it goes to...oh nevermind.