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James Spader as W.N. Bilbo in Lincoln

In Lincoln,William N. Bilbo (James Spader) was a lawyer and a journalist who (in real-life) was once pardoned by Abraham Lincoln after being accused of spying for the Confederacy.

Being from Tennessee, Bilbo had a straight-to-the-point way about him while lobbying (read: using questionable legal tactics) to help President Lincoln and his Secretary of State William Seward (David Strathairn) pass the Thirteenth Amendment.

His humorous personality helped break up the dramatic tension of the film, which dealt with heavy subjects like war, politics, slavery, racism and death.

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