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Wednesday 23 April 2014

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

Sally Field is to play the wife of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's film (AP)

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.



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

Press Association

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