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Stan Rippey to relate his experiences from “Lincoln”

Actor Stan Rippey is coming to Missouri Western in order to relate his experiences working on the set of the Academy Award-winning film, “Lincoln.”

The historical drama was directed by Steven Spielberg and received much attention last year for its narrative as well as Daniel Day-Lewis’s portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, as he lived out the final four months of his life struggling to pass the amendment that would abolish slavery.  It was nominated for seven Golden Globe awards and twelve Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won Best Production Design and Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis).

Stan Rippey is an actor who worked on the set of “Lincoln,” and he hopes to relate his experiences working on the Academy Award-winning movie.

R.J. Jackson, theatre and film major, is excited for the opportunity to hear from an actor who was able to work on such a successful movie.

“It’s always exciting when you can meet people who are doing what you eventually want to do,” Jackson said.

Alex Luke, Western student, agrees that students in the film and theatre departments can learn a lot from Rippey.

“In a movie of that caliber, I think Rippey will have a lot of knowledge to offer students who are hoping to be successful in that business,” Luke said.

Rippey also plans to share information on the Civil War as well as the struggles that people had to endure in that time, making this event relevant to film and history students alike.

“Having a unique cinematic experience while being historically accurate would certainly be challenging,” Luke said. “On one hand, you want to make sure that you get the facts right, but you also have to make sure that it’s an enjoyable movie for the audience, and I think Rippey will be able to offer a lot of insight into this balancing act.”

Students are excited that someone who was able to work with Spielberg is coming to Missouri Western to share his experiences.

“As an actor, he has to research his part as well as the details surrounding those people in the film,” Brandon Grieshaber, a student at Missouri Western, said.  “The fact that he was able to work with a legend like Steven Spielberg, who has made many of the classic films that we see today, is impressive.”

Rippey will share his knowledge of film and history on April 23 at 6 p.m. in Potter Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

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