The Last Mohican gets a new name

September 14, 1992|By Los Angeles Times

HOLLYWOOD -- In the upcoming movie "The Last of the Mohicans," Natty Bumppo has been bumped off. He's now known as Nathaniel Poe.

Daniel Day-Lewis has the title role playing the adopted son of the Mohican Chingachgook and lover and savior to Cora Munro (Madeleine Stowe) in the 20th Century Fox film, which opens Sept. 25.

Liberties are often taken with classic stories on their way to the big screen, but rarely have the names been changed.

Maybe to contemporary ears, Natty Bumppo sounded too goofy as the name of an adventurous frontier hero.

One theory suggests that Nathaniel Poe is a cross between Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, two of Cooper's peers. Another is that Poe is short for Bumppo.

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