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Leonardo DiCaprio urged Daniel Day-Lewis to play Lincoln

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Steven Spielberg has Leonardo DiCaprio to thank for convincing Daniel Day-Lewis to star in his historical drama "Lincoln."

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The filmmaker says Day-Lewis initially turned down the role of President Abraham Lincoln, but the "Titanic" actor stepped in and urged his former "Gangs of New York" co-star to take the part.

Spielberg tells USA Today, "Leo DiCaprio was at my house for dinner one night. It was just myself, my wife (Kate Capshaw) and Leo. And he says, 'Hey, what's going on with your 'Lincoln' project?' I told him the sad story. I had one shot at Daniel and he had declined. And that was that. Leo just listened. The next morning he called me at my office. He said, 'Here's Daniel's cellphone number, he's expecting your call.' Leo has never told me to this day what he said to Daniel. But that began this wonderful journey."

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Nov 27, 2012 10:45AM
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Incredible movie and Lewis as Lincoln was perfection in an Oscar winning performance, Tommy Lee Jones should be a shoo in for Best Supporting Actor, and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln was spot on casting......Amazingly put together in every way and the things you learn from a movie you never learned in a history book......Outstanding film in every way and should be a big Oscar winner! It is definitely the must see" film of the year.
Nov 27, 2012 10:41AM
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DDL played Lincoln in such a way that you felt what he was feeling at the time. I thought he was excellent! Lincoln is my favorite movie this year and in recent years come to think of it. Oh and TLJ was also awesome as always as Stevens. great movie and cast.
Nov 27, 2012 11:19AM
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Superb movie, great acting, marvelously entertaining and wonderfully intellectual.  Lincoln is a must see movie this year.  Hopefully it garners the awards it deserves. 
Nov 27, 2012 11:02AM
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LEONARDO DICAPRIO IS A LEGEND! HE IS THE BEST HOLLYWOOD ACTOR OF ALL TIME! HE HAS A VERY GOOD HEART AND DONATE A LOT FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION AND FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOR GOOD CAUSE! HE IS A VERY SWEET PERSON!
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