‘Lincoln’ Photo Reveals Daniel Day-Lewis in Full Costume

Director Steven Spielberg reveals that he called the Oscar-winning actor ’Mr. President’ on the set of this upcoming biopic.

Last year, we showed you some unofficial photos of actor Daniel Day-Lewis on the set of Lincoln, the upcoming biopic directed by Steven Spielberg. Today, we have the first official photo of Daniel Day-Lewis as America's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Take a look at the Oscar-winning actor bearing an uncanny resemblance to Honest Abe, and read on for more details from Steven Spielberg.

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Since the first photo of the actor came from a local Virginia diner, many had wondered if the actor became too immersed in the role. Steven Spielberg revealed that Daniel Day-Lewis was always aware of his surroundings, although he did call the actor "Mr. President" on the set.

"Daniel was always conscious of his contemporary surroundings. Daniel never went into a fugue state. He did not channel Lincoln. All that stuff is just more about gossip than it is about technique. I was calling [all] the actors by their character names. That was something I felt was important to establish a little authenticity, maybe even more for me than for them."

The biopic is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's non-fiction book Team of Rivals, and focuses on the last four months of the President's life. According to the director, the drama starts with his realization that the Emancipation Proclamation could have easily been overturned.

"The Emancipation Proclamation, the thing he is most known for, was simply a war powers act that would easily be struck down by any number of lawyers after the cessation of hostilities after the Civil War. He needed to abolish slavery by constitutional measure - and that's where we start."

Lincoln was released November 16th, 2012 and stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg.

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  1. the Narrator

    *Claps for @SpaceCowboy's comment*

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    Boy if that photo isn't erie...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  3. SpaceCowboy

    When the five dollar bill gets reprinted that's the new face that's going on it.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  4. CelluloidDreams


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  5. Josh


    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  6. thedude-abides

    @ejk1 While I would love to see Phoenix win, I completely agree.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  7. ejk1

    @thedude-abides The problem is, that if Phoenix is close, it might just go to him automatically, and that would be wrong if his performance was close yet not better.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  8. Rodney Roover

    Nice photo!

    3 years agoby @Rodney-RooverFlag

  9. skywise

    Jut amazing

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  10. K.Guy

    @dan1 You and I are really hungry for that trailer. btw, I smell a makeup nomination! :D

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  11. Escapist

    I always said i wanted to see Daniel Day-Lewis to play Lincoln, ever since i saw him in Gangs of New York, he's a dead ringer for the president.

    3 years agoby @escapistFlag

  12. incmob


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  13. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @dan1 Soon, we hope

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  14. Dan


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  15. jasdjqs

    Is ths the one with the Vampires in it?

    3 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  16. Dan

    Wtf? That's gotta be a real picture of Lincoln, not DDL.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. ChiRep_1

    What a haunting resemblance, this photo alone provides more hype than most trailers this year.

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  18. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus That would be nice to see. Like we already discussed, I really don't see anything until September that's going to garner any serious attention, albeit for the film or the performances, so I'd say Jones, given the level of his performance, might be in the supporting actor conversation as well.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  19. SherlockHolmes2009

    Thats so f*cking awesome and so f*cking scary at the same time. Definetly will see this

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  20. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides That guy made the Bourne series quite enjoyable, and a good addition to the series Alphas. If i may be so bold, Tommy Lee Jones could get support nom too. I have nothing to back this up, but I'm hoping he gets back in the game

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  21. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Agreed. And they didn't even mention David Stratharin.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  22. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    This is a Bitchin cast btw. Might be the best of the year

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  23. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus I wouldn't be surprised if he did. At this point in the year (already past the mid-way point) I really haven't seen any locks for anything. I would say Hoffman stands as good a chance at a supporting nom as any.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  24. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides Think Hoffman will get a supporting role nom?

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  25. thedude-abides

    @ejk1 I was just about to ask you your opinion on that. Needless to say, I think they just might. Like I said before, I see it coming down to Phoenix and DDL. Phoenix is certainly due for some recognition after a couple noms, but it'll be hard for anybody to deny DDL after this performance.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  26. MadJohnsonProductions

    Looking at this photo, I can see a third Oscar in Daniel's future. Maybe spielberg might get an oscar too. Can't Wait!!

    3 years agoby @MadJohnsonProductionsFlag

  27. ejk1

    DDL may make it impossible for Hollywood not to break its unwritten rule in regards to not letting any actor surpass Spencer Tracy with a third Best Actor Oscar.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  28. phatalphd

    spot on! Can't wait to see it. DDL is an actor of the highest caliber

    3 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

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