The international trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter came out shortly after the U.S. trailer. It features different footage — specifically more talk and less action, although there’s still plenty of action. It doesn’t end with Lincoln emancipating a tree with a single blow, either. Is this difference because Americans are actually more predisposed to find their presidents boring? Do foreign peoples just have less sense of American presidents, and thus don’t need as much footage of Lincoln kicking the shit out of people to be impressed? Or is the difference that Hollywood feels that American movie-goers can’t handle dialogue in their movie trailers, and foreign people can? I couldn’t say for sure, but I do know this: U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
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