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Daniel Day-Lewis on his approach to Lincoln

In the current issue of Total Film magazine (out now, and available for just £1.99 on your iPad ), we sit down with movie titans Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis to talk about their awards-baiting historical drama.

You can read the full interview inside the issue, but here’s an excerpt of what Day-Lewis had to say when we asked him about his approach to playing the 16th president of the United States:

“I think there’s a great vulnerability which co-exists with his strength. Quite apart from his own tough upbringing, he had a deep sense of compassion and empathy for people and creatures that remained with him throughout his life.

“It was his essence that those two conflicting things existed side by side, and they probably gnawed at him in such a way that he couldn’t have survived, regardless of the assassination.”

For much more from Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg, pick up issue 202 of Total Film magazine which is out now. You can save 50% on the cover price if you subscribe with our winter 2012 offer !

And don’t forget, the issue is available as our incredible interactive iPad edition for just £1.99 .

And Total Film magazine is now available for your Android device from Google Play .

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