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Thursday 28 August 2014

Field: My slog for Lincoln role

Sally Field plays Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary Todd Lincloln in Spielberg's new biopic

Sally Field has revealed her long, hard fight to land a role in Lincoln.

The veteran actress plays the US president's wife Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's biopic, which stars Daniel Day Lewis in the title role.

Sally - who at 66 is 20 years older than the character she plays - revealed an initial screen test on her own for the role proved unsuccessful until My Left Foot actor Daniel got on a plane to meet her.

She told The Hollywood Reporter: "Daniel, out of the generous graciousness of his heart, flew in from Ireland and I tested with him. We did some bizarre improv, it was early in the process but I became Mary and he became Mr Lincoln, the most bizarre improv in the history of time for about an hour.

"And we both sort of took off, I said thank you very much everybody, thank you for the opportunity, I drove home thinking, 'Well I've done what I needed to do and when someone else gets it, I will say good luck to her, I did everything that I could.'

"When I got home, the phone was ringing and Steven and Daniel were on it, saying, 'Will you be Mary?'"

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