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Day-Lewis only took 'Lincoln' role after Neeson call

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 15/01/2013 | 05:00

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IT could well lead him to his third Oscar as best actor but Daniel Day-Lewis, pictured below, still checked with fellow actor Liam Neeson, pictured bottom, before accepting the role of Abraham Lincoln.

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That's according to one of Day-Lewis's closest friends, director Jim Sheridan. Neeson had been in line to play the part of the Civil War US president but was forced to pull out after the movie's preproduction encountered several setbacks.

Enter Day-Lewis, whose performance has already won him a Golden Globe and who is tipped to follow it with an Oscar.

"I thought Liam might be upset because Daniel got cast but Daniel said: "No, we were talking to him.

"There was an awful lot of talk about Daniel doing the part for years, as there was about Liam. But I knew that Daniel wouldn't have done it without calling Liam and making sure it was okay," Sheridan said.

Day-Lewis will celebrate his success this weekend in Dublin with close friends Bono and The Edge. The actor will fly into Dublin on Sunday, accompanied by his co-star Sally Field and director Steven Spielberg, for the European premiere of 'Lincoln' in the Savoy Cinema.

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He will then be joined by, among others, President Michael D Higgins, Jim Sheridan and Sinead O'Connor, at a gala in aid of Wicklow Hospice at the Burlington Hotel.

While they are not part of the official entertainment, a source told the Irish Independent that U2's Bono and the Edge may serenade the guests. Bono, who will be joined by wife Ali Hewson, gave an impromptu performance during a dinner after Day-Lewis' 2003 Dublin premiere of 'Gangs of New York'.

Others on the guest list are Chris De Burgh, his newly-engaged daughter Rosanna Davison, Shane MacGowan, Olympians Katie Taylor and Fionnuala Britton, and RTE reporter and patron of Wicklow Hospice Valerie Cox.

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