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How 'generous' Daniel Day Lewis helped Sally Field land Lincoln role

Published 21/11/2012|10:46

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Sally Field is to play the wife of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's film (AP)
Daniel Day-Lewis joked he 'ran out of excuses' for why he should not star in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln

SALLY FIELD has revealed her long, hard fight to land a role in Lincoln.

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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.



"When I got home, the phone was ringing and Steven and Daniel were on it, saying, 'Will you be Mary?'."

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