Abe Lincoln: As you’ve Never Heard Him
Day-Lewis, 55, has already won two best actor Oscars, and his performance here, tender and soulful, convincingly weary and stoop-shouldered, will almost certainly earn him a nomination.
Tall and thin, with big hands and a long neck, Day-Lewis physically resembles Lincoln. Yet the first time Day-Lewis opens his mouth in the movie, he’s also a little startling. His Lincoln speaks in a voice that is high, earnest and folksy.
Day-Lewis is famously fussy about what parts he takes, sometimes waiting years between films while spending time in both Ireland and the US with his wife, Rebecca Miller (the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller), and their two sons.
Day-Lewis is even fussier about what he calls “the work”: his process of preparing and then inhabiting a part. For The Last of the Mohicans he taught himself to build a canoe, shoot a flintlock and trap and skin animals. For the opening scene of My Left Foot, about Christy Brown, an artist with cerebral palsy, he taught himself to put a record on a turntable with his toes; he also insisted on remaining in a wheelchair between takes and being fed by the crew.
Day-Lewis, who has a deep voice and a British accent, not in the least Lincoln-like, prefers
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