How Daniel Day-Lewis First Turned Down the Role of Lincoln

When you watch Lincoln, it's hard not to think, Oh, okay, so Daniel Day-Lewis just is Abraham Lincoln now. No one else will ever be Lincoln. The only real Abraham Lincolns are Daniel Day-Lewis and Abraham Lincoln. But there was a time when he wasn't going to play the president. Well before shooting, he met with director Steven Spielberg but just wasn't feeling it. So he wrote S.S. a note declining the role. Spielberg read the letter at last night's New York Film Critics Circle Awards dinner. It went a little something like this:


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