The first time Steven Spielberg suggested to Daniel Day-Lewis to play Abraham Lincoln, almost ten years ago, the actor has not taken seriously: “I thought it was an extravagant idea. I wanted to meet Steven for the pleasure of meeting the man who wanted me to play Abraham Lincoln. would I ever went through my head that I would be able to serve him in his work. ” Just read filmography of Daniel Day-Lewis to understand that man chooses his films carefully, if not wisely. In twelve years, he retained only five r? Them, and we had not seen on screen since the unfortunate adventure of Nine in 2009.
While in Paris, he returned to the long journey to Abraham Lincoln, the outcome of which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, an award he has already re? Ue twice.
Perhaps because he is the son of a great British poet of the twentieth century, Cecil Day-Lewis, the actor describes his encounter with a character: “There comes a time when we feel taken despite itself into the orbit of another life. I think of us as two ships floating in the ether. I am one of them, the other man is the other ship. Communion These points are like ropes that are thrown between the two vessels. They recognize t, they are identified and tied these cables. And, comments? ant to turn the winch, the two vessels are approaching. Arrive time where the two merge, and it is with? has to do, for better or for worse. ”
Sally Field, who plays Mary Todd Lincoln, the president’s wife, remembers that she filmed a screen test with Daniel Day-Lewis “at a time when it was at the beginning of the process that would make him Abraham Lincoln “. During filming, his colleagues testified that Daniel Day-Lewis did not come out of his character, day and night keeping the concerns and maintaining the sixteenth president of the United States.
He built this amazingly complex creation from nothing. “My relationship with Lincoln was the same as Steven has proven as a child, he found himself at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. This was compared to a figure carved in stone. The miracle occurs when ‘we dare to approach. It is exquisite to discover that it is a human being very accessible. ” Like all his comrades, Daniel Day-Lewis relied on the work of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals (a “team of rivals”), which served as the basis for scenario Tony Kushner.
But he pushed his research much further, to the roots of slavery in the United States, “a scourge that the founding fathers were ignored by tacit agreement” to the generation predecessors Lincoln, up the military history of the Civil War. He read all of course r What writings left Abraham Lincoln: “His letters, the great debates with Stephen Douglas [political opponent, Democrat, Republican Abraham Lincoln], his first inaugural address, the address Gettysburg. These are great literary texts, but they are also avenues that lead to the spirit of this man, “he says.
“An invisible border”
Through these readings, Daniel Day-Lewis found “humor” of Lincoln and also “the ability to think long, weighing the issues, follow a logical thought stepping up its conclusion. Once he had reached, he was steadfast and was. ” “Fortunately, the actor says he was not perfect. If we can not fault it ethically, he could get angry, be cruel, he was capable of great coldness.” Came when Daniel Day-Lewis has spent “an invisible border” where he became Lincoln. He does not want to detail the choice (voice, posture, expressions) that were hers. “I prefer to believe that these decisions are made by themselves,” he said.
When asked if he is attracted to another historical figure, he replied in the negative first, before correcting with a surprising suggestion: “There is a life, I do not know if something will come out. I read two biographies written by his son Nicholas, Oswald Mosley [British fascist leader between the two world wars]. This subject interests me especially because my parents belong to the generation of the war, because my mother is Jewish. She told me that moment of unity experienced by Great Britain, and the country has ever known. I find it interesting that at the heart of this company there has been a man who was a very different approach, in which the number of recognized members of the high society. ”
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