Much of the Olympics-focused Twitterverse was baffled when actor Sir Kenneth Branagh dressed as Abraham Lincoln during Friday’s opening ceremony.
— Sam Clements (@sam_clements) July 28, 2012
Is that Kenneth Branagh in an Abe Lincoln outfit?
— Laure Eve (@LaureEve) July 27, 2012
Funny to see Kenneth Branagh dressed as Abe Lincoln
— Kellvin Chavez (@Latinoreview) July 27, 2012
— Whitney Egbert (@whitneyje) July 28, 2012
Some thought he going for an “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” look.
why has Kenneth Branagh come as Abraham Lincoln vampire hunter #olympicceremony
— Becky Inman (@beckyinman) July 27, 2012
Why is Kenneth Branagh dressed like Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? #london2012
— Mike Ryan (@ryaninteractive) July 28, 2012
And The New York Times found the costume more Dickensian.
So what costume was Branagh wearing as he recited Caliban’s speech from “The Tempest”? He was dressed as nineteenth century engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Abe Lincoln trending…he wasn't the only guy to wear a top hat you know! Kenneth Branagh is playing Isambard Kingdom Brunel!
— Joseph Andrew Mclean (@Joseph_A_Mclean) July 27, 2012
— Jill Lawless (@JillLawless) July 27, 2012
Just to be historically accurate. Kenneth Branagh was playing Isambard Kingdom Brunel playing Caliban from The Tempest. pic.twitter.com/MnIh1gnv
— Prof.Frank McDonough (@FXMC1957) July 28, 2012
Kenneth Branagh is Isambard Kingdom Brunel – quoting from the Tempest – Boyle called him a 'genius' #London2012
— John Cushing (@JohnCushing_) July 27, 2012
So that clears things up, right?