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Day-Lewis kept telling Spielberg he was wrong man for 'Lincoln'

Daniel Day-Lewis, left, and director Steven Spielberg arrive at the "Lincoln" premiere at AFI Fest at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Thursday in Hollywood, Calif.
Photographer: Todd Williamson/The Associated Press
Daniel Day-Lewis, left, and director Steven Spielberg arrive at the "Lincoln" premiere at AFI Fest at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Thursday in Hollywood, Calif.
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Daniel Day-Lewis had done his very best, for a very long time, to avoid Abraham Lincoln. Yes, the actor had met with Steven Spielberg to discuss the idea of portraying the 16th president of the United States, but that was almost 10 years ago, and Day-Lewis, London-born and Ireland-bred, moved on. He couldn’t picture himself in a beard and stovepipe, as the prairie lawyer-turned-commander in chief who saw his country torn apart by the Civil ...

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