20th Century Fox has a very special way to premiere its summer tentpole film "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". The studio brought the cast and crew of the Timur Bekmambetov-directed thriller to the special screening of the film at the USS Abraham Lincoln which patrolled the Middle Eastern waters on Tuesday, June 12.
What made the event more special was lead actor Benjamin Walker appeared in full costume of the America's 16th President completed with a fake beard. He greeted thousands of sailors who were on duty aboard the Navy aircraft carrier.
"Becoming Abe abroad the USS Abraham Lincoln and walking the halls was an experience I'll never forget," so the 29-year-old actor said in a statement. "It gave the sailors a chance to feel a bit of Hollywood magic that I hope they won't forget either."
Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith was also on hand at the special event. "Being a guest aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, and showing its crew the film was an eye-opening, life-changing experience," he gushed. "Seriously. I know that sounds like something you're supposed to say to be polite, but it's true."
Producer Jim Lemley, meanwhile, commented, "After landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln and spending time with the brave committed men and women of the United States Navy, it is clear that the undead of the world don't stand a chance!!!"
More than 1,800 sailors packed into the hangar bay during the special screening. After the show, Walker and the other cast and crew had an autograph session and spared some time to take pictures with the sailors.
Prior to the screening at the USS Abraham Lincoln, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" held similar events at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa for almost 700 U.S. troops, as well as at NSA Bahrain for a packed house of military personnel.
In "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter", Abe is not only described as an iconic politician, but also as a man who dedicates his life to destroy the vampires with his trusty axe after his mother was killed by those vampires. Fox will release the twisted history movie in the U.S. on June 22.