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

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Directed by the renowned director Steven Spielberg, this historical bio-drama will detail the political collision of the 16th President of the United States and the powerful men of his cabinet as they head toward abolition and the end of the Civil War. Daniel Day-Lewis will portray Abraham Lincoln while Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Earle Haley & Sally Field star in supporting roles.
October 31st, 2012

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.''