Liam Neeson Supports Daniel Day-Lewis As Lincoln Replacement
Irish actor Liam Neeson has offered his full support to Oscar winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis after he has been announced as his replacement for Steven Spielberg’s new historical film Lincoln.
Neeson was initially set to play Abraham Lincoln, in Spielberg’s hotly anticipated movie, however due to conflicting timing issues, Neeson decided to leave the film.
Whilst at first Neeson’s close friend Day-Lewis was approached for the role, he initially turned down the chance to play the assassinated US president, after believing Neeson was still attached to the project.
Day-Lewis told WENN, that it was Neeson who in fact persuaded him to accept the role, giving him his blessing to play Lincoln. The actor revealed:
“Liam is a friend of mine and Liam was committed to a period of time working with Steven. There came a moment for reasons known to both of them that Liam would do other things and Steven would do other things. But during that period of time whilst Liam was committed to the project, of course it wouldn’t have occurred to me to consider it.”
“He has been in touch with me about it since and has given me incredible encouragement in the most generous possible way. When I was undecided about doing it he gave me encouragement towards that decision. I just feel I should say that.”
Day-Lewis went on to insist that Neeson would have made a fantastic Lincoln, if he had continued working on the movie, stating:
“I can say unequivocally that Liam’s Lincoln would have been something I’d like to see. The timing worked out this way but it could’ve easily worked out the other way and I think Liam would’ve been quite wonderful.”
Article By Victoria Beckett