5 Facts About Stephen Spielberg’s “Lincoln”

Stephen Spielberg’s 2012 blockbuster Lincoln is considered to be the best biopic ever made about Abraham Lincoln. It was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won two, including Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of the 16th president of the United States. Continue reading to find out some interesting facts about the movie below.

It Was More Than a Decade in the Making

Spielberg wanted to make a movie about Lincoln for a long time. In order to make sure he gets everything right, the famous director spent 12 years conducting research.

Liam Neeson Supposed to Portray Abraham Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis initially rejected the opportunity to play Abraham Lincoln. Spielberg then approached Liam Neeson, and the Taken star accepted before later deciding he wasn’t the right actor for the role. Fortunately, Day-Lewis later changed his mind and accepted to star in the movie.

William N. Bilbo’s Look Was Created from Scratch

The character of lobbyist William N. Bilbo really existed, but not a single photo of him exists. Spielberg and scriptwriter Tony Kushner ended up creating his look from scratch using written accounts and descriptions.

One Actor Famous for His Portrayal of Abraham Lincoln Was in the Movie 

Before starring in Lincoln as Francis Preston Blair, actor Hal Holbrook was famous for playing none other than Abraham Lincoln. Holbrook won an Emmy for starring in the 1974 miniseries Lincoln while also playing the US President in the 1985 miniseries North and South.

Everyone on the “Lincoln” Set Took Their Job Seriously

You probably heard the story about how Day-Lewis got so immersed in the role that he stayed in character throughout the filming of the movie. However, other actors also made sure to always be in their characters’ clothes while on set and Spielberg addressed everyone by the names of their characters rather than their real names.

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