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2 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2012 - 7:07PM #1
solfeggio
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Abraham Lincoln, arguably American's greatest president, is played by British method actor Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's new film, set to arrive in theatres in early November.

I see that they have eminent historian Doris Kearns Goodwin helping with the script, which should insure that it is done properly.   

(I have read Mrs. Goodwin's book, No Ordinary Time, about the U.S. homefront in WWII, and found it not just excellent, but engaging and highly interesting.) 

www.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/

www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/lincol...

If you take a look at the photos in the link, Mr. Day-Lewis does have a distinct resemblance to Mr. Lincoln.  But the fact that he's not an American might be off-putting for some Americans.  On the other hand, British actors do American accents very well.  And they've got Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.  Now, that should be interesting. 

It's amazing how many actors have played Lincoln:

www.examiner.com/article/actors-who-have...  

As a long time admirer of Mr. Lincoln, I look forward to seeing this film. 
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2 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2012 - 8:28PM #2
farragut
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Not too long ago, I read Bill Oreilly's "Killing Lincoln." You might find it interesting.

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2 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2012 - 9:01PM #3
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Sep 10, 2012 -- 7:07PM, solfeggio wrote:

Abraham Lincoln, arguably American's greatest president, is played by British method actor Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's new film, set to arrive in theatres in early November.

I see that they have eminent historian Doris Kearns Goodwin helping with the script, which should insure that it is done properly.   

(I have read Mrs. Goodwin's book, No Ordinary Time, about the U.S. homefront in WWII, and found it not just excellent, but engaging and highly interesting.) 

www.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/

www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/lincol...

If you take a look at the photos in the link, Mr. Day-Lewis does have a distinct resemblance to Mr. Lincoln.  But the fact that he's not an American might be off-putting for some Americans.  On the other hand, British actors do American accents very well.  And they've got Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.  Now, that should be interesting. 

It's amazing how many actors have played Lincoln:

www.examiner.com/article/actors-who-have...  

As a long time admirer of Mr. Lincoln, I look forward to seeing this film. 



I admire Lincoln, but I admire Washington, Jefferson, FDR and Clinton. President Clinton kept us out of ground wars. And I find that Obama has done well in almost impossible circumstances.

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2 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2012 - 11:19PM #4
Erey
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Well Meryl Streep played Maggie Thatcher.  I heard there were a few hard feelings on that. 


 


I think Daniel Day Lewis is a sexy beast, but I never thought that about Lincoln. It is amazing to me they can make him look like Lincoln.


 


 

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2 years ago  ::  Sep 11, 2012 - 11:25AM #5
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I look forward to the movie. 


It's not unusual for actors to play either an historical or fictional figure of a different nationality.


Aren't Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale -- who played American comic book heros Wolverine and Batman -- both Aussies?

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2 years ago  ::  Sep 11, 2012 - 3:03PM #6
CoolWarrior
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Sep 10, 2012 -- 8:28PM, farragut wrote:


Not too long ago, I read Bill Oreilly's "Killing Lincoln." You might find it interesting.





Thinking people don't believe a word that "O'Liely" says.


 

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2 years ago  ::  Sep 11, 2012 - 3:10PM #7
CoolWarrior
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Solfeggio:


Thanks for the info.


I don't think many Americans would be upset about a "foreigner"   playing Lincoln. There have been a lot of interpretations of Lincoln, so many that just about everyone can find a favorite.


 


As for using Doris Kearns Goodwin as advisor. Yes she is an excellent historian.


I've read just about everything she's written over her long career and have seen/read many of her interviews.


She's a fine historian.


BUT--


the way moviemaking works there's a huge chance that her input re historical facts will be set aside in favor of "the requirements of drama" etc.


Unfortunately it happens all the time in Hollywood and in filmmaking in general.


 

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2 years ago  ::  Sep 11, 2012 - 3:33PM #8
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CWarrior, I'm not here to fuss and fight with people. I don't think much of O'Reilly either and would not have acquired the book. But it was given to me and I looked at it. Was surprised to find it a very well-researched and well-written book. You, however, have no need of respecting a word I say. Nor need you read the book.


Ciao,

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2 years ago  ::  Sep 11, 2012 - 3:58PM #9
CoolWarrior
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It has nothing to do with you but Bill has never been very careful with facts so I'm not going to waste time trying to figure out what's true in in his book versus what isn't.


I'm glad you enjoyed the book and I don't mean that in a snarky way.


 


 

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2 years ago  ::  Sep 11, 2012 - 4:10PM #10
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Sep 11, 2012 -- 11:25AM, mytmouse57 wrote:

I look forward to the movie. 


It's not unusual for actors to play either an historical or fictional figure of a different nationality.


Aren't Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale -- who played American comic book heros Wolverine and Batman -- both Aussies?


Christian Bale is a Welshman; Hugh Jackman is definitely an Aussie.  Anyone having seen Daniel Day Lewis in either My Left Foot (Oscar win) or Last of the Mohicans couldn't possibly doubt that he could portray anything he sets his mind to.  Incredibly talented actor...

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