Hollywood legend Daniel Day-Lewis has revealed how he was reluctant to accept the role of Abraham Lincoln in the new Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln. Daniel stated that he did not believe that he was the right man for the job and rejected the role on more than one occasion.
Day-Lewis explained to Collider, “Well, I don't think I ever did know that it was the right choice, but I ran out of excuses, at a certain point. Steven put the idea in front of me and it was not that I didn't take it seriously, from the word go, but it seemed inconceivable to me that I could be the person to help him do this thing that he wished to do. “
He added, “Least of all did I want to be responsible for irrevocably staining the reputation of the greatest President this country's ever known. It was not just in a self-serving way, but quite literally it seemed to me a very difficult thing to try to tell this story in such a way that it could live. I just really felt that I wasn't the person to do that.”
Daniel Day-Lewis has been receiving rave reviews from his fellow cast members and director Steven Spielberg, who have claimed that his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln is simply amazing. Lincoln is set to be released in the US on November 16 and then in the UK on January 25, 2013.