- 5:55 am - Sat, Jun 23, 2012
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“Doing weird interpretations of American presidents” is how Benjamin Walker sums up his nascent career as we chug espressos at a café in New York City. The 30-year-old actor’s two biggest roles to date: reimagining our seventh president as an Indian-slaughtering emo rocker in the deeply irreverent Broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and currently playing our sixteenth in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the film version of Seth Grahame-Smith’s best-selling novel.
Construction: Benjamin Walker’s quirky interview with GQ reflects the American President Hero subgenre — and for that matter, the zombie-filled classical mashup literary scene (see: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters). Once monsters get introduced to history and classical fiction, you lose all claim grandeur. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.