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