Field: My slog for Lincoln role
Published 20/11/2012 | 18:39
Sally Field has revealed her long, hard fight to land a role in Lincoln.
The veteran actress plays the US president's wife Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's biopic, which stars Daniel Day Lewis in the title role.
Sally - who at 66 is 20 years older than the character she plays - revealed an initial screen test on her own for the role proved unsuccessful until My Left Foot actor Daniel got on a plane to meet her.
She told The Hollywood Reporter: "Daniel, out of the generous graciousness of his heart, flew in from Ireland and I tested with him. We did some bizarre improv, it was early in the process but I became Mary and he became Mr Lincoln, the most bizarre improv in the history of time for about an hour.
"And we both sort of took off, I said thank you very much everybody, thank you for the opportunity, I drove home thinking, 'Well I've done what I needed to do and when someone else gets it, I will say good luck to her, I did everything that I could.'
"When I got home, the phone was ringing and Steven and Daniel were on it, saying, 'Will you be Mary?'"