Steven Spielberg took years to get Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

In an interview with Mike Fleming of Deadline, Spielberg recalled flirting with Day-Lewis for the role of The Great Emancipator before developing the 2012 film, written by Tony Kushner. This original screenplay is from John Logan, who just received a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for “Gladiator”. This version focuses on Lincoln’s relationship with abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and is almost done with Liam Neeson as the former president. According to Spielberg, Day-Lewis felt threatened by the man’s sheer stature. Lincoln is the most beloved president in the history of the United States. He has been portrayed to great acclaim by Henry Fonda and Raymond Massey. What could Day-Lewis bring to a previously unexplored part.

Per Spielberg, this is where *check notes* Leonardo DiCaprio comes in.

“My good friend Leo DiCaprio simply called him one day and said ‘you need to reconsider this. Steven really wants you for this and he’s not willing to make the movie. without you.” Based on Leo’s phone call with him, Daniel offered to read Tony Kushner’s script, which he had never read, and also Doris Kearns Goodwin, which he had never read. That’s when the flirting part ends. “

https://www.slashfilm.com/951784/it-took-steven-spielberg-years-to-get-daniel-day-lewis-in-lincoln/ Steven Spielberg took years to get Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

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