Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Lincoln set revolved around Day-Lewis

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 October 2012
Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt says the set of 'Lincoln' "revolved around" Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays the titular character, and the cast and crew even referred to the 'Gangs of New York' star as "Mr. President" off-set

Joseph Gordon-Levitt says the set of 'Lincoln' "revolved around" Daniel Day-Lewis.

The 'Dark Knight Rises' actor stars as Robert Todd Lincoln - the eldest son of former US President Abraham Lincoln, who is portrayed by Daniel - in the forthcoming Steven Spielberg-directed motion picture, and he admits the fact Daniel was jokingly referred to as "Mr. President" off-set made it easier for him to get into character.

When asked what struck him most about walking onto the set, he replied: "Daniel. The whole set revolved around him, and as it should have.

"I think that really speaks high to Steven, because a less experienced and perhaps more egotistical director ... generally the set revolves around the director, but on 'Lincoln' Steven really centered everything on Daniel, the president - he called him Mr. President.

"I think that was key and for me it made it just so I could slip into the world."

While the 31-year-old star is fully aware just how much of an "iconic figure" Lincoln is, he admits he had "no problem" believing he was speaking to the late political figure during filming because the 'Gangs of New York' star's portrayal of him was "seamless".

He added to "It's uncanny. Daniel's just a phenomenon, he's kind of in a league of his own. I had absolutely no problem believing that I was speaking to Abraham Lincoln. Which is sort of mind-boggling because with Abraham Lincoln ... I grew up in the US, I have Abraham Lincoln on my pennies and on my $5 bills. He's this iconic figure in our psyches, so to see an actor so seamlessly just become this figure and have no problems believing he was him, that's really an accomplishment."

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