When the Lincoln trailer finally debuted, it caused a slight stir of confusion, as the voice Day-Lewis uses for the character seems a bit higher than we may have expected. “When we finally match the voice to the face, it almost seems a little bizarre to not only associate Lincoln with that higher voice, but to hear it come from Daniel “I Drink Your Milkshake” Day-Lewis,” remarked MTV News.
Day-Lewis was ultimately exonerated for his Lincoln voice, as famed Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer told Smithsonian Magazine that Lincoln’s voice was likely higher that we assume. “Lincoln’s voice, as far as period descriptions go, was a little shriller, a little higher,” Holzer said.
In case you hadn’t heard, ‘Lincoln‘ is an upcoming movie that is going to win every award next year. The trailer premiered on Google+ (which still exists), at 7 p.m. on Thursday to much fanfare.
Daniel Day-Lewis makes an uncanny turn as Mr. Lincoln, and while most of us don’t know what the 16th president sounded like, it’s interesting to hear the voice that Day-Lewis uses for his interpretation of Abraham. The movie also stars Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Joseph Gordon-Levitt who is in everything these days as their eldest son Robert Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones and David Strathairn.
I wouldn’t expect any vampire hunting when the film hits theaters November 16.
Yikes. Just hand over the Academy Award to Daniel Day-Lewis right now. He’s already preparing us for another boring genius character that will receive loads of accolades in Steven Spielberg’s biopic ‘Lincoln‘. The filmwhich opens November 9th is just three days after our Presidential election.
Of course we all know how “method” DDL is, right? Did he forgo all modernity and its devices during filming? You might remember that Daniel Day-Lewis, who won an Oscar for My Left Foot reportedly refused to leave his wheelchair while making that film. Spielberg basically rolled his eyes at the assumption that DDL stayed in character and refused to use a cell phone Morse Code or a car horseless carriage during the filming of ‘Lincoln‘.
“Daniel was always conscious of his contemporary surroundings,” Spielberg says. “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.”
People on set did refer to the actor as “Mr. President,” including Spielberg, but the director says that was just part of the effort to maintain atmosphere. “I was calling [all] the actors by their character names,” he says. “That was something I felt was important to establish a little authenticity, maybe even more for me than for them.”
Whatever. I like thinking that DDL totally walked five miles, barefoot, in the snow, without a coat, uphill (both ways, of course) while carrying a baby calf, to and from the set every day…because he probably did. Spielberg is undoubted over all this role-immersion as much as we are and doesn’t want that crap publicized.
But from now on? During the day, I’d like to be referred to as Pulitzer Prize Winning Publishing Magnate. I’m SO method.