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.