Daniel Day-Lewis is going to win another Oscar portraying Lincoln
You know how we know this? Because this dude can act his ass off! That is our professional opinion.
How could you go wrong with such a highly anticipated biography from Spielberg.
Here is your first look at him in character.
This appears to be Lincoln sitting in his fateful seat at Ford’s Theater, minutes before the assassin John Wilkes Booth takes the president’s life – so the shot suggests that Spielberg will be able to reenact that tragic moment in our country’s history. The rest of Lincoln, though, is largely a mystery. The director and award-winning screenwriter, Tony Kushner (Angels in America), initially were working off of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s historical tome Team of Rivals, but it’s unclear how much they’ve pulled from that book. The EW.com article says the film will document the last four months of Lincoln’s existence, with the leader trying to fully abolish slavery as the Civil War drew to a close.
“Our movie is really about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition,” Spielberg tells the magazine, adding that the film film begins with “Lincoln’s realization that the Emancipation Proclamation, the thing he is most known for, was simply a war powers act that would easily be struck down by any number of lawyers after the cessation of hostilities after the Civil War. He needed to abolish slavery by constitutional measure — and that’s where we start.”
As for his leading man, Spielberg raves that Day-Lewis captures the quietness and stoicism that helped make Lincoln a memorable leader:
“Lincoln had a very, very complicated – and at the same time, extremely clear — inner life,” Spielberg said. “He thought things out. He talked things out. He argued both sides of every issue. And he was very careful in making any decision. As a matter of fact, his opponents and his enemies criticized him often for being impossibly slow to a decision.”
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