Mugato: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Mugato: I guess Patrick Stewart wold be too obvious but would also be badass.I'd love this, actually.There are different ways you can go with Blofeld.Donald Pleasence made Blofeld come across as more of a cerebral threat. Telly Savalas made Blofeld more of a physical presence.Patrick Stewart would be more of a lean towards the Pleasence Blofeld, and I would be all right with that.I think I just orgasmed.And yet still I'm not a studio executive.Patrick Stewart's never been a villain in anything I've seen (well he was a Borg for a while but he didn't want to be) but I think he'd be badass as a Bond villain.
Larry Mahnken: There were slaves in states that remained loyal to the Union, as well as areas of the Confederacy not covered under the Emancipation Proclamation because they were under Union control on January 1st, 1863. There was a practical effect on them.
Larry Mahnken: DamnYankees: Larry Mahnken: The one problem I had with the movie (other than the fact that you could understand what Tad was saying, but it's a movie, so that's fine) is that it was portrayed as though without the 13th Amendment, the South would have surrendered. It is true that some Northerners believed that this was true, but Stephens was not empowered by Davis to agree to anything without the precondition of Confederate Independence. The film portrays the Hampton Roads Conference falling apart because of slavery.You can't really expect them to hire an actor who had a cleft palate.They didn't need to do that, but he should have had a lisp and talked very quickly. But it didn't really bother me much.Also, they portray the 13th Amendment as something that needed to be passed before the war ended, otherwise public sentiment would be against it. In point of fact, it would have been easily passed by the new Congress in March, and been ratified just as it was. Lincoln just didn't want to wait.
Larry Mahnken: DamnYankees: Larry Mahnken: That's the story the movie was pushing, but it's not reality. Kushner bent reality a bit to make the film more dramatic.I don't doubt anything you're saying, but then what's the explanation for why Lincoln wanted it passed under the existing Congress? He must have had a reason.Why did Abraham Lincoln want to abolish slavery as soon as possible? I think the answer to that question is self-evident.
DamnYankees: Larry Mahnken: Also, they portray the 13th Amendment as something that needed to be passed before the war ended, otherwise public sentiment would be against it. In point of fact, it would have been easily passed by the new Congress in March, and been ratified just as it was. Lincoln just didn't want to wait.Would it have been passed by a new Congress? I thought the issue was that the South would sue for peace before then, and if they did so, they would, as a condition to peace, make sure that amendment wouldn't pass. And public opinion would have hugely supported the peace over the amendment.Maybe that's not reality, but that's the story I took from the movie and it made perfect sense to me.
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