‘Lincoln’ Poster Features Daniel Day-Lewis As the U.S. President

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Pioneering filmmakers such as Phil Rosen, D.W. Griffith, and John Ford produced motion pictures about the life of Abraham Lincoln during the 1920s and ’30s. The following decades brought with them a plethora of TV shows and movies that either featured an appearance by the famous U.S. president or referenced him, often in a playful fashion (see: Abe’s appearance in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) – this summer’s box office dud Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter even turned the ex-pres into an axe-wielding superhero. However, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is poised to stand out as something special, even following a century of cinematic odes to the man.

A trailer for Spielberg’s historical biopic is imminent, now that the film has snagged an official release date, and the first image of Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln has been released. While we wait on the trailer, we can offer a poster with the multiple Oscar-winning method actor looking pensive as the Civil War-era leader.

Lewis is well-renowned for vanishing into roles, and Abraham Lincoln looks to be no exception. The poster for Spielberg’s film features a black and white color scheme that only accentuates the stress lines carved in Lewis’ features, as well as his grey-speckled facial hair and refined expression. The Gangs of New York and There Will Be Blood actor reportedly kept his Lincoln accent throughout production on the film, modeling his vocal mannerisms after the 16th president’s higher-pitched voice. Moviegoers unfamiliar with that bit of Lincoln might be taken slightly aback the first time they hear Lewis talk; no one should take issue with his appearance, though:

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Lincoln focuses on the political jousting, scheming, and negotiating that went on behind closed doors during the last four months of the 16th president’s life, as he sought to pass the 13th Amendment in order to formally abolish slavery, as the Emancipation Proclamation was recognized to be a war-times act that would surely be struck down once the Civil War had drawn to a close. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” provides the factual backing for events depicted in Spielberg’s film, while Tony Kushner (Munich) is responsible for refashioning the details into engaging screen drama.

The cast is rounded out by such acclaimed thespians as Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, John Hawkes, Jared Harris, and Jackie Earle Haley. Lincoln begins a limited U.S. theatrical release on November 9th, 2012, before it goes wide on the 16th.

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  1. Uh oh.

    If there was a whole lot of unnecessary complaining about a fictional character’s voice this year (Bane), then be prepared for even more when this movie comes out if it’s not a voice people automatically associate with Lincoln.

    Day-Lewis looks amazing though in that poster. I’m British and even I can’t wait to see this now.

    • This is an interesting point. Since Lincoln did not survive long enough to record his voice, we only have educated guesses about what he sounded like.

      I think that many people would assume a deep, baritone voice onto Lincoln. However, scholars have determined, based on first hand sources who heard him speak, that many people of the time were taken aback by the fact that his voice was high-pitched and somewhat twangy. It’s a sort of lose-lose situation for Spielberg and Lewis…If they don’t give him a deep voice, then some people will be outraged because it isn’t what they imagined it would be. If they do give him a deep voice, then there will be outcries of historical inaccuracy.

      • Perhaps, the trick is for DDL to use a voice that is higher than his normal voice but not comically high-pitched. Split the difference and nail the mid-western Kentucky/INdiana/Illinois accent and he’ll be fine. I think its more about charisma, pathos, and a convincing depiction of Lincoln’s country background.

      • I highly doubt there will be many people complaining that he doesnt sound like a high pitched redneck. By the way where did you read he had a high pitched twangy voice?

  2. A close to a likeness we would likely expect to see.
    If only this film can capture Lincoln as this photo does.

    At least the Lincoln everyone thinks they know
    since according to those who knew him there is
    no accurate depiction of how Abe Lincoln looked.

    Walt Whitman said of all the photos taken and portraits painted of Lincoln:
    “None caught the deep, though subtle and indirect expression of this man’s face.
    There is something else there. A painter from another time or generation is needed.”

  3. HAHA!!!
    I know this makes me seem like a big ole’ dork but I used to use the info about Lincoln’s higher pitched voice as a bit of trivia in conversations here and there and everyone would always say I was full it.
    REDEMPTION FOR A NERD!!! ;)

  4. Man I have to say those make up artist are truly amazing

  5. Dramagasm.

  6. To learn more about what Lincoln’s voice sounded like, from a Lincoln scholar, read this: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Ask-an-Expert-What-Did-Abraham-Lincolns-Voice-Sound-Like.html

  7. As far as the voice of Lincoln, the experience was more a deviation from expectation.
    At a towering 6 feet 4 for his day, speaking words equally monumental, any voice
    sounding less Orson Welles and more just simply ordinary would disappoint.
    Because of this we simply cannot gauge any first hand accounts.

    What is important is less how Lincoln’s voice sounded than how his words were heard.
    Lincoln, being a great writer who wrote his own words, could convey their meaning
    literally spoken from the heart as no one not even the greatest orator could do.

    Imagining the glorious language of Abraham Lincoln spoken by him alone
    would be to imagine the sweetest sound his words could ever have.

  8. I’m kinda counting on Speilberg to not inject his liberal bias into it (recently found about him being the one who created and sold Obama on the “Bain is evil” nonsense, but I havent a doubt Lewis will give his 200 percent.)

    If I had to pick my own actor to breath life back into Lincoln so I can see him for myself, it’d be DDL without hesitation.

    Crossing fingers only on the script and historical accuracy.

    • Lincoln was the first Republican president, but he did fight a massive war to consolidate and expand the power of the federal government. Also, the Republicans of 1860 were the party of abolitionists, who today would be considered radical progressives. In other words, the xenophobic, government hating right-wingers of the 21st century will likely see all kinds of liberal conspiracies in any honest depiction of their 19th century counterparts. But facts are facts.

      • They were progressives of there time, however, the liberals of now are right in the boat with J.W.B. A quote for you from Abe, “What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried? We stick to, contend for, the identical old policy on the point in controversy which was adopted by “our fathers who framed the Government under which we live;” while you with one accord reject, and scout, and spit upon that old policy, and insist upon substituting something new.”

        Abe is what all modern day conservatives stand for.

        • I think you’re wrong on BOTH counts. Liberals would be able to look toward Lincoln relatively favorably as well. Booth would likely be in the Tea Party movement were he alive today.

  9. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a prominent Democrat herself
    who tends to spin history to conform to her world view so
    all bets are off as to whether this will be historically accurate.

  10. Good to see another Brit taking charge of an iconic US roll, no one does it better than us really, I smell another Oscar for Mr Day-Lewis.

    • Hmmm…I was wondering if there were going to be buffoonish comments about the fact that a prominent American is being portrayed by a prominent British actor. After all, we had endless complaints about Captain America HAVING to be played by an American actor (which I can understand to a certain degree) and Superman HAVING to be played, likewise, by an American (THIS one just seems silly…he’s from KRYPTON!). Daniel Day-Lewis is a brilliant actor, and I have no doubt that he will portray the 16th PotUS pitch-perfectly.

      As for any political concerns…really? You can’t just watch what looks to be an amazing film and THEN judge its merits and/or faults? Tell me, if the director and/or author were to have, instead, leaned more to the right side of the political spectrum, would you have assumed the film will be more accurate, OR are you hoping the film has NO political viewpoint and simply portrays the historical drama honestly and (neutrally) accurately?

      In the above question, the former would be extremely hypocritical, whereas the latter would be much more balanced and fair-minded.

    • yes,sadly true. i like british actors,but one thing has made me mad. and it was the fact that all actors from harry potter must have been played by british actors,without excuse. and now the most important superheroes are played by british actors(bat and sups),and to be fair they should let play the bond after craig from an u.s actor or german/turkish(my roots : ) ).

  11. I wonder what lengths Daniel went to get his method acting of Lincoln down to finest detail?

  12. All these concerns regarding the voice. Come on people, this is Spielberg we’re talking about, not some half wit director of network television sitcoms. To this day I only have one gripe with Spielberg, Why was War of the Worlds such a short movie? I thought Warhorse was going to be bad, I was wrong.

  13. For all of the “Great Unwashed” or ignorant to Lincoln, Lincoln had a high-pitched Mid-Western “twang” and tone to his voice. Lewis’ brilliance is shown in the new trailer deciding to be historically acurate as opposed to pandering to the masses. This is going to be a great film and everyone in, not only this country, but the world should see this movie about one of the greatest men that ever lived. Played, by the way, by one of the greatest actors out there.

  14. I will not watch this because Speilberg is a liberal hack. I guarantee he put some liberal slant on it. I will not watch.

    • Speaking of hacks…look in a mirror. I have SEEN the film, and it does a wonderful job of showing a very imperfect, but brilliant, man.

      Watch BEFORE you decide to speak out of your rear end, next time.