Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 27, 1988 · Page 33
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 33

Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, March 27, 1988
Page 33
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•"•n*£ ri.- X r " t ,. ,,$(..„ •>«f~t #•,*• ~ • \ •- ^^^^^i- 1 ?^!^^^ PUBLISHED BY THE LOGAIMSPORT PHAROS-TRIBUNE Miniseries delves into Lincoln's personal life By Mary Ann Townsend Steeped in fact, but tinged with the author's imagination, Gore Vidal's Lincoln, airing Sunday and Monday, March 27 and 28, on NBC, looks at the human side of this country's 16th president. Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston portrays Abraham Lincoln, whose presidency was beset by the Civil War and a corrupt administration, and Mary Tyler Moore plays his emotionally unstable wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, Watersion and Moore, who have worked together previously on two projects (Just Between Friends and HBO's Finnegan Begin Again ), found a special familiarity while working together on Lincoln. Since Gore Vidal's Lincoln focuses on the domestic side of the Lincolns more than past accounts, this version required a comfortable and believable relationship between Lincoln and his wife. "This Abraham Lincoln and this Mary Todd Lincoln are both wilty people, and you see the humor in this Abraham Lincoln far more than any other lhat I had ever seen," Moore said. "There hasn't been that much about Mary Todd put on film or tape, but she was a wickedly acerbic, wilty woman and that was fun to play." Waierston reluctantly described this interpretation of the president as "high principle and low cunning." In this version, he explained, Lincoln must contend with a bubbling, vile undercurrent of corruption in his administration, as well as misfortunes in his personal life. He is not seen as strong as he typically is portrayed. The actor said he had always wanted to portray Lincoln since his own height and slimness matched that of the president. In fact, his resemblance to Abraham Lincoln caused several unusual incidents during the filming. Whenever the tall, bearded actor appeared in costume on the historic MARY TYLER MOORE plays troubled Mary Todd Lincoln in Gore Vidal's Lincoln, Sunday and Monday on NBC. streets of Richmond, Va., where filming took place, he drew a crowd. Often the onlookers were after more than just autographs, some wanted to engage in political discussion. The actor recalled how he was challenged by one of the historians who was on the set to ensure authenticity. "During the staging of the Battle of Antietam, he cornered me and said, 'If you were really the man you are pretending to be, I'd be the man who'd want to shoot you.' I had done a lot of research and I immediately brought up all of Lincoln's arguments — which were great - and he backed down." While Waterston's physical characteristics were similar to those of Lincoln, making Moore resemble Mary Todd Lincoln produced more challenges. Known for bringing a good deal of body language and smiles to her acting, Moore had to alter these traits for Gore •Vidal's Lincoln. "1 smile broadly and I use my body and my hands. I found very quickly that that doesn't wash in that period because women were not just corseted and gusseted physically," she said. "That also applied to the way they conducted themselves." RICKY SCHRODER, toft, portrays real-lite WWII veteran Calvin Graham, right, who joined the Navy while underage, and was later mistaken for a deserter in Too Young the Hero, Sunday, March 27, on CBS. Drama traces teenager's efforts in World War II By Anne Wheeler North met South, well sort of, when the time came to find a ship on which to film Too Young the Hero, a drama about a 12-year-old boy who fought at Guadalcanal, airing Sunday, March 27, on CBS. Based on the experiences of real-life World War II veteran Calvin Graham, Too Young the Hero traces his service as a gunner aboard the U.S.S. South Dakota. Producer/director Buzz Kulik needed a place to shoot the climactic battle scenes and was faced with the possibility of having to create a replica of the South Dakota. He found an easier alternative, however, when curators of the U.S.S. North Carolina, a battleship-turned-museum docked permanently in Wilmington, N.C., gave permission to use that ship for filming sequences of the South Dakota. Roger Miller, assistant director of the battleship museum, said the North Carolina is nearly a double of the South Dakota, and even Graham, who visited the set during filming, was amazed at the similarities between the two battlewagons. "Everything I've seen here has been just like it was," Graham said, noting only one discrepancy. "That scene where the Captain uses a clipboard to read off his men's names. Boy, when I was on the South Dakota, our Captain knew every last one of us, our home towns, even our mothers' names." Ricky Schroder of Silver Spoons, stars as Graham, who successfully enlisted in the Navy when he was only 12 years old, and earned a Bronze star and other honors for his bravery at Guadalcanal. But when a new commanding officer discovered he was underage, Graham was sent home to Texas, where he was mistaken for a deserter and thrown into the brig. 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