Steven Spielberg has spoken about making his latest historical blockbuster ‘Lincoln’, telling how it was incredibly difficult getting its star Daniel Day-Lewis to play the role of America’s most revered President.
When asked why he had chosen to focus the film’s narrative on the political machinations rather than lavish battle scenes, he told Jeremy Vine: “There’s no way I could possibly communicate the greatness of Abraham Lincoln and the flaws, and the prevarications and all the things he was both extolled and criticised for, without allowing all of us to explore Lincoln doing work, doing one very very critically important thing, and to see him in the process of politics, to see him as a working President, not as a sitting or posing President, from my way of thinking was the only way to share our insights into him with everyone else.”
Even for someone as big in the movie business as Spielberg it wasn’t easy putting his cast together as he had to chase Daniel Day-Lewis, nominated once more for a Best Actor Oscar, to get him to star in the film.
Spielberg said: “No I chased Daniel Day-Lewis it was harder getting Daniel to play Lincoln than it was getting Kate (Spielberg’s wife) to marry me.”
We’re all excited to see how it performs at the Oscars.
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