If you haven't seen the movie "Lincoln," you're missing out. Not only is the American historical drama, directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, informative and beautiful, it stars one of the best actors of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Daniel Day-Lewis is the amazing star who received rave reviews for his performances in "My Left Foot," "Gangs of New York," "There Will Be Blood," and more. He's a two-time Academy Award winner for Best Actor, and he's also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. There are a number of reasons why you should count on the man who played the 16th president to win a second Golden Globe.
The 55-year-old is a method actor
Method acting, immersing yourself entirely into the thoughts and emotions of a character, sometimes even after the camera stops rolling, is a form of performing that Lewis is known for. Do it right, and you can be considered one of the best actors of our time, in the same league as Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Dustin Hoffman. It's clear when you watch "Lincoln" that Lewis has studied, absorbed and put his all into his important role.
Lewis hides his British accent with perfection
Abraham Lincoln was not British. Therefore, it was imperative for Lewis to adopt the president's accent without a trace of Brit slipping in. He mastered it, and while we watch the movie we almost forget that the man portraying the Kentucky born Lincoln is British at all. "I don't separate vocal work, and I don't dismember a character into its component parts and then kind of bolt it all together, and off you go," said the actor. "I tend to try and allow things to happen slowly, over a long period of time. As I feel I'm growing into a sense of that life, if I'm lucky, I begin to hear a voice."
The star is an expert at facial expressions
"The Last of the Mohicans" actor looks like a spitting image of the 6-foot-4-inch historical icon. Was it just a good makeup job that convinced us? Some may say so. However, Lewis has the ability to present facial expressions that make us feel we're actually looking at the real Lincoln on the screen. He brought that extra special element to the role.
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