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Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Day-Lewis discusses his first acting gig

While being honored on Saturday night at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Daniel Day-Lewis — who over the course of his career delivered some of cinema’s most memorable performances such as Bill the Butcher in “Gangs of New York” and Daniel Plainview in “There Will Be Blood” – talked about his first exposure to acting. And it seems that his penchant for improbable transformation started from the very beginning.

The normally reserved Day-Lewis, who is currently the front-runner for the Best Actor for his performance in “Lincoln,” sat down with The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg before an audience of hundreds in the Arlington Theater in downtown Santa Barbara and reflected on his career. Continue reading ‘Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Day-Lewis discusses his first acting gig’

‘Lincoln’: The actor who almost played Honest Abe in Spielberg’s bio-pic

Audiences got a sneak-peak last night of Steven Spielberg’s long-gestating project, “Lincoln,” during a secret screening at the New York Film Fest. The movie centers on the last few months of the president’s life when he managed to get the 13th amendment passed, which outlawed slavery, during the waning days of the Civil War.

Scripted by “Munich” screenwriter Tony Kushner, the movie is much more of a dialogue-heavy chamber drama than the sweeping epic you might expect from the trailer, focusing on the moral complexities of the legislative process. By all accounts, star Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a masterful, mesmerizing performance. And while Day-Lewis is now no doubt a front-runner for the best-actor Oscar, he wasn’t Spielberg’s first choice to play America’s 16th president.

That honor goes to Liam Neeson. Continue reading ‘‘Lincoln’: The actor who almost played Honest Abe in Spielberg’s bio-pic’

January 2022

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