Spielberg's Version Of Abe Lincoln Is Ready For A Peek

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Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie about Abraham Lincoln doesn't make the President look like E.T., Jaws, or something out of Jurassic Park.

In fact, it makes him look exactly like Daniel Day-Lewis, who's playing the part.

With a hint of Walter Huston.

Here's' a stirring image from the film, which has a screenplay that Tony Kushner adapted from a section of a Doris Kerns Goodwin book--one that focuses on the strategic period during which Lincoln figured how to abolish slavery.

"He thought things out," says Spielberg. "He talked things out. He argued both sides of every issue."

And he got results.

So did Spielberg--partly by calling the actors by the characters' names to keep them in the spirit of the piece.

I wonder if getting called "Mr. President' all day made Day-Lewis's head swell a little.

And if Sally Field liked being called, "Hey, Mary!"


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BetteD
BetteD

Uh, the pic looks like Daniel Day-Lewis with a beard, not Abe Lincoln.  When they do these bio-pics, why can't they have someone who actually looks like who they're supposed to be?  The stars of the last two or so flicks of Marilyn Monroe looked nothing like her, and remember the Howard Hughes one with what's-her-name trying to look like/be Katharine Hepburn?  And then recently what's-her-other-name trying to look like/be Liz Taylor.  Why bother?

ladybug9
ladybug9

 @BetteD I guess they're figuring "No one will remember."

Used2BMelinda9
Used2BMelinda9

What I want to know is how many vampires does this Abe Lincoln kill?

SouthernDave
SouthernDave

With Tony Kushner on the screenplay, wonder if Honest Abe's reputed bisexuality will be addressed?

 

Probably not. His two-in-a-bed buddy-bundling happened some time before the time frame this film apparently encompasses.

 

Still, if they had interns then, they would probably be male ...

bethesda
bethesda topcommenter

 @SouthernDave Well, with Spielberg directing, the same sex stuff will probably be downplayed. Remember "Color Purple"?

bethesda
bethesda topcommenter

And who plays the slaves? Octavia Spenser and Viola Davis?

ladybug9
ladybug9 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Spielberg is so over.

jackson30
jackson30 topcommenter

I hope daniel doesn't do his usual hammy shtick. It just wouldn't be appropriate.

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