Saturday, March 14, 2009

Interesting side note on Longstreet

Actor Tom Berenger has stated that one of his favorite roles was that of General James Longstreet in the 1993 hit Gettysburg. I was never a big fan of the film because it plays too into the spirit of the Lost Cause and overplays Josh Chamberlain as the savour of Little Round Top. I always felt that Strong Vincent's role is vastly underplayed in documentaries on the subject. He gave his life to save that rocky hill. Anyway, I thought that Berenger's comment on playing Longstreet was cool.

1 comment:

Chris Evans said...

I've always enjoyed 'Gettysburg' since I first saw it in 1994. I've seen it many times since and find the acting by Berenger, Daniels, Elliott, Lang, and Jordan especially good. The movie is quite faithful to the novel 'The Killer Angels' by Shaara so that is why Chamberlain is a main character and people like Vincent, Weed, O'Rourke, and Hazlett don't get the credit they deserve for saving Little Round Top in the film. And why only certain segments of the battle are depicted.

Berenger also made a wonderful Theodore Roosevelt in 'The Rough Riders' that came out in 1997 on TNT. It came out on DVD a few years ago and is well worth checking out.