Screenwriter Tony Kushner has fired back at claims that he and Steven Spielberg stretched the truth whilst making their smash hit film ‘Lincoln’.
‘Lincoln’ depicts the life of US president Abraham Lincoln, but Congressman Joe Courtney felt that the film was innaccurate for depicting his state’s legislators as being against the 1865 amendment, despite all four of them having supported it.
Kushner responded to the criticism in an open letter to the Wall Street Journal, explaining; “We changed two of the delegation’s votes, and we made up new names for the men casting those votes, so as not to ascribe any actions to actual persons who didn’t perform them,”
“I’m sorry if anyone in Connecticut felt insulted by these 15 seconds of the movie… I’m deeply heartened that the vast majority of moviegoers seem to have understood that this is a dramatic film and not an attack on their home state.”
Do you think it was okay for Kushner to use a little artistic license?