Monday, November 12, 2012

LINCOLN (2012) -starring- Daniel Day-Lewis. Directed by Steven Speilberg. Persuaded by Leonardo DiCaprio?

LINCOLN (2012) -starring- Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader & Tommy Lee Jones. Directed by Steven Speilberg.

SYNOPSISSteven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. — Walt Disney

For those w/ A.D.D.:
  • Legendary director Steven Spielberg originally abandoned his Lincoln project after unsuccessfully attempting to cast Daniel Day-Lewis for the historic lead role in 2003
  • He then opted for Liam Neeson in 2005, whom extensively studied the Lincoln role but shockingly left the project — saying that he had grown too old for the part
  • Mutual friend & Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio engineered the film's revival by persuading Day-Lewis to reconsider the part
  • Day-Lewis' miraculously concedes to Leonardo's request and his only request of Spielberg? One year to prepare for the part...
For those who requesting more insight:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — There was a dark time when Steven Spielberg's dream of making the historical epic Lincoln had all but dissolved. In 2003, Daniel Day-Lewis turned down his offer to play the 16th president, so in Spielberg's mind, the project was dead.

Then came a little life-breathing magic from a mutual friend.

"Leo DiCaprio was at my house for dinner one night," Spielberg says. "It was just myself, my wife (Kate Capshaw) and Leo. And he says, 'Hey, what's going on with your Lincoln project? I told him the sad story. I had one shot at Daniel and he had declined. And that was that. Leo just listened. And then the next morning he called me at my office. He said, here's Daniel's cellphone number, he's expecting your call."

"Leo has never told me to this day what he said to Daniel," says Spielberg, flashing a satisfied smile. "But that began this wonderful journey."

Three years later, this journey enters its most critical phase with Lincoln's initial theatrical release today (it opens wider across the country Nov. 16). By all accounts, it's been a road well-traveled with Spielberg's successful landing of the prized actor to play the iconic president.

Director/producer Spielberg is being heralded for the vivid historical portrait, while the once-reluctant Day-Lewis is the early odds-on favorite for best-actor Oscar gold because of his nuanced performance.

"Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln is perhaps the surest bet to be nominated in a fiercely competitive best-actor race," says awards columnist Pete Hammond. "You can bet a large stack of $5 bills on that." — USA Today

For those who prefer to read the entire article:

LINCOLN (2012) Movie Poster [Release Date: November 9th, 2012]

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