Thursday, February 16, 2012

Video: Tour of the Lincoln Vault with "Vampire Hunter" Cast & Crew

From left: Producer Jim Lemley, director Timur Bekmambetov, star Benjamin Walker, and screenwriter and author Seth Grahame-Smith. Lincoln historian James Cornelius is holding President Lincoln's iconic hat.

In conjunction with the 203rd birthday of Abraham Lincoln and to promote the forthcoming film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a few of the top cast and crew members of the film were offered a very rare tour of the vault at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Here's a video of what they discovered:

Surprisingly, they came across some unique artifacts that might catch the interest of fans eager to see the big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel... (Click on any of the images to enlarge them.)

The last ax used by the president.

Part of President Lincoln's original sarcophagus.

Lincoln's iconic top hat. Time Magazine writes that that hat was "crafted from beaver pelt to ensure a waterproof finish. Of particular notice: The two discolored spots on the left side of the frame — where the president's fingers would go every time he doffed his hat in public."

Actor Benjamin Walker poses with the 16th president of the United States.

A silver-tipped spike that was discovered in the vault, alongside a bronze cast of Lincoln's head.

Photos courtesy of Eric Charbonneau / Le Studio.

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