Sally Field Talks LINCOLN, Collaborating with Daniel Day-Lewis, Fighting for the Role, and More

     November 18, 2012


Expanding into more theaters this weekend is Steven Spielberg’s Best Picture nomination shoo-in, Lincoln.  The period piece is less a cut-and-dry biopic of America’s 16th President, played brilliantly by Daniel Day-Lewis, and more of an examination of the burdens placed on Lincoln to keep a nation from falling apart while abolishing slavery and attempting to hold his personal life together. Lincoln also stars Tommy Lee Jones, James SpaderDavid Strathairn, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Pace and Hal Holbrook.  For more on the film, here’s three clips, Dave’s review, a great trailer, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with Sally Field (she plays Mary Todd Lincoln).  She talked about what it was like to collaborate with Steven Spielberg and the rest of the cast, how she fought for the role, how much did she know about the behind-the-scenes turmoil trying to pass the 13th Amendment, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Finally, click here to watch my video interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and here’s James Spader.

Sally Field:

  • We talk about how democrats and republicans have flipped over the last 100 years in terms of their ideologies
  • How much did she know about the behind-the-scenes turmoil trying to pass the 13th Amendment
  • Talks about how she fought for the role.  Talks about how Mary Todd Lincoln was instrumental in getting Lincoln to become President
  • Talks about how she is a method actor and what it was like to work with Daniel Day-Lewis


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