Exclusive clip: Day-Lewis' 'loss' after 'Lincoln' death
05:00 AM, Mar 25, 2013
Portraying the final moments of Abraham Lincoln’s life was a trying experience for everyone on the set of Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed film Lincoln especially the guy who played the slain president.
Daniel Day-Lewis, who would go on to win his third best-acting Oscar for his performance, discusses the 16th President’s life in the special features portion of the Lincoln Blu-ray/DVD release, out Tuesday.
“There has never been a human being that I never met that I loved as much as him ever,” Day-Lewis says in this exclusive clip. “I doubt there ever will be.”
The role required the veteran actor to dive deep into the leader’s character, and the completion of the film, which ends with Lincoln’s death scene, left him feeling empty.
“You’re not quite sure what to do with yourself when it’s finished,” he says, citing “a total investment for that period of our lives in the process of telling that particular story. It’s very hard to conceive of any life after it. Of course there is one waiting. Usually quite impatiently.”
Day-Lewis says he felt two things after the final scene: “One was a sense of immeasurable privilege at having been able to explore that man’s life. And the other was a sense of great sadness and loss that the time allowed me was now over.”
Costume designer Joanna Johnston says that during the final scene “you could have heard a pin drop on the set. Absolute silence.”
“It was so odd,” she adds. “It was the end of the film. Lincoln died. And that was it. No one knew what to do. It was so sad. Everyone started hugging and crying.”