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Lincoln screenwriter apologises for 15-second error

Published on Feb 9, 2013 5:57 PM
 
This promotional photo shows Daniel Day-Lewis portraying Abraham Lincoln in the film Lincoln. The screenwriter conceded on Friday that the taut political drama changed the historical record for "15 seconds", after a lawmaker complained.  -- PHOTO: DREAMWORKS/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The screenwriter of Lincoln, which has 12 Oscar nominations, conceded on Friday that the taut political drama changed the historical record for "15 seconds", after a lawmaker complained.

Democratic Representative Joe Courtney of Connecticut said a key scene the film was wrong to suggest that two congressmen from his state voted against the United States Constitution's 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865.

"Representative Courtney is correct that the four members of the Connecticut delegation voted for the amendment," screenwriter Tony Kushner wrote in a letter he made public.

"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."

 
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