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Daniel Day-Lewis On Giving 'Lincoln' Voice (NEW VIDEO CLIPS)

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood November 10, 2012 at 10:00AM

Uncanny is the word NPR uses to describe Daniel Day-Lewis' portrayal of the 16th president in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."  In this All Things Considered interview, Day-Lewis describes how he found a high register for Honest Abe's distinctive voice that carried across many well-remembered speeches, and reveals his favorites.  The actor wanted to show the lighter side of Lincoln, who used humor to battle back the darkness. Here's Day-Lewis on Lincoln as an entertainer:
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Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"
Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"

Uncanny is the word NPR uses to describe Daniel Day-Lewis' portrayal of the 16th president in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."  In this All Things Considered interview, Day-Lewis describes how he found a high register for Honest Abe's distinctive voice that carried across many well-remembered speeches, and reveals his favorites.  The actor wanted to show the lighter side of Lincoln, who used humor to battle back the darkness.

Here's Day-Lewis on Lincoln as an entertainer:

"There was humor, really, it was in the forefront of his spirit, I think, humor. I think he probably used it often to buoy his spirits at times when the alternative was just too bleak to contemplate...

There are so many contemporary accounts, very vivid ones, of his storytelling and his anecdotes. Somebody said to him, you know, accused him of being two-faced, and he said, 'Well, look, if I had another face, do you think I'd be wearing this one?'"

For more on Day-Lewis' process and the human side of Lincoln's story here.  "Lincoln" premieres in limited release November 9 and wider release November 16.
 

This article is related to: Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg, Steven Spielberg


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.