Dreamworks/Twentieth Century Fox just released the first official photograph of Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." You can see the resemblance to the 16th U.S. president is uncanny. Last November locals snapped pictures of the actor eating at a diner in Richmond in November and even then the likeness to Abe was startling.
But now that we see him in full Abe regalia, craggy face and facial hair and all, the resemblance is downright spooky. The film is slated for release on November 9. This is in plenty of time for the awards season. It's already gotten plenty of Oscar buzz, especially for Day-Lewis, who has already received two Oscars: one in 2008 for There Will Be Blood and another in 1990 for My Left Foot.
The much anticipated Spielberg film has a screenplay by Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and is based on the Doris Kearns Goodwin book, "Team of Rivals". The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones (Hope Springs), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Dark Knight Rises) and Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field, who plays Mary Todd Lincoln.
We're thinking Day-Lewis may not have been a laugh riot on set. He is a method actor who is known for staying in character while he films a movie. Honest Abe may have been one of our greatest presidents, but he's not exactly known for his levity. We met Day-Lewis at a junket for Gangs of New York a decade ago and he told us that he inhabits the role he plays for the entirety of the shoot, because once he gets into the mindset of this character, "it's just easier that way."The photograph is an exclusive to Entertainment Weekly.