The versatile actor and two-time Oscar winner is known for his method acting practice that sees him stay in character and fully immerse himself into the often-troubled mindframes of the men he portrays and for his ability to completely physically transform from movie to movie, making it possible to forget what a beautiful man Daniel Day-Lewis actually is underneath all that makeup.
He again sits down in the makeup chair to play Abraham Lincoln for Steven Spielberg and even though the actor is 55 to Lincoln's 56, a lot of additional wrinkles were added to make him more closely resemble the 16th American president and the results are jaw-dropping.
Appearing in profile and seated, the resemblance is uncanny and has us even more excited for Day-Lewis' on-screen return - he last wowed us in 2007's There Will Be Blood and yes we're purposely forgetting Nine. Spielberg has said that Lincoln will take a look at the last four months of the then-president's life and politics as he sought to ensure slavery would never happen again.
Working from a script by Tony Kushner based on the book "Team of Rivals" by acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the movie will be "about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition," according to Spielberg. And we can't imagine an actor who would be more game for the challenge.
Lincoln is set to hit theatres November 9 and also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Earle Haley, Sally Field, Jared Harris and James Spader.
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