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Day-Lewis and Spielberg make history with 'Lincoln'

Grainne Cunningham

Published 10/11/2012 | 05:00

WITH one president safely ensconced back in the White House, it is time to focus on the untimely demise of another -- Abraham Lincoln.

Drinking buddies Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg were reunited at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Lincoln' -- the biopic which focuses on the final tumultuous months of the 16th President of the United States.

Spielberg decided Day-Lewis was perfect for the role after meeting the Oscar-winning actor at a pub at the foot of the Wicklow mountains, close to Day-Lewis's home.

And apparently Day-Lewis bears an uncanny likeness to the US president in the film which is expected to earn him his third Oscar, after his turns in 1989's 'My Left Foot' and 2007's 'There Will Be Blood'.

The film does not set out to tell the tale of Lincoln's life, confining its scope to his role in the US Civil War, his political struggles on the road to the abolition of slavery and his assassination in a theatre with his wife at his side in 1865.

And for those who might write off the movie as a dreary history lesson, the critics have described it as surprisingly funny, if slightly over long.

Day-Lewis admitted he was hesitant in taking on the role of Lincoln, saying he did not want to "be responsible for irrevocably staining the reputation of the greatest president this country's ever known".

'Lincoln' is set to be released in Ireland on January 25, 2013.

Irish Independent

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