added: Wed, Jan 16th '13
With 12 Oscar nominations and already snagging a Golden Globe Best actor statue for Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln" has become one of the most celebrated films of 2012. But how did legendary producer-director Steven Spielberg come to make the historical drama about the final and difficult months of the 16th President, which opened in November, and have since grossed over $150 million?
Well, according to this 20-minute long behind-the-scenes special, titled "Lincoln: An American Journey," the well-renowned filmmaker reveals his fascination for the iconic bearded figure started with a childhood trip to the Lincoln memorial. "I never forgot that moment," Spielberg says in the clip, after recalling the first time he saw the majestic face of the marble statue. Little did he know, this chance encounter would end up becoming an arduous 12-year journey to make his version of Doris Kearns Goodwin's biographic novel. Which, apparently, Spielberg was able to reserve the movie rights way before the book was finished by the acclaimed author. Talk about dedication.
While you can watch this compelling featurette (posted above) online, the special, which covers about every aspect of bringing Lincoln's story to the big screen, is actually meant for television. You can set your DVRs for Sunday, January 20 at 9:00am (PST), scheduled to air on KCBS (Los Angeles-based TV station).
In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
directed by Steven Spielberg
starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, Jared Harris, James Spader, Hal Holbrook
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