How Daniel Day-Lewis Found Abraham Lincoln's Voice

Season 2 Episode 215
Aired on 12/02/2012 | CC
Daniel Day-Lewis, an actor known for his intense character preparation, spent a year studying Abraham Lincoln, America's 16th president, before filming began for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. After reading more than 100 books, poring over photos and reading Lincoln's speeches aloud, Daniel says, he was able to capture the president's distinctive voice. Watch as he reveals why he turned down the part nine years ago—and what made him finally say yes. Plus, Daniel explains why he believes the voice is "a fingerprint of the soul."