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  • Well, I was thrilled that Lincoln was a success. And, as I was thinking about what to do next. Uh, It, it,

  • In the middle of the night I woke up and it hit me. "Obama."

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  • Spielberg: I mean the guy's already a lame duck. So why wait?

  • Picking the right actor to play Obama, that was the challenge. I mean, who is Obama, really?

  • We don't know. We never got his transcripts, and uh, they say he's kind of aloof.

  • So I needed someone who could kind of dive in and really become Barack Obama.

  • And as it turns out the answer was right in front of me all along: Daniel Day Lewis.

  • He becomes his characters. Hawkeye, from Last of the Mohicans,

  • and Bill the butcher from Gangs of New York,

  • and Abraham Lincoln in 'Lincoln.'

  • And you know what, he nailed it!

  • Was it hard playing Obama? I'll be honest, yeah it was.

  • His accent, took a while.

  • "Hello, Ohio! Hello, Ohio, I love you back! Look...Look...let me be clear about this."

  • The cosmetics were challenging. I mean, you wouldn't believe how long it takes to put these ears on in the

  • morning. I don't know how he walks around with these things.

  • Spielberg: But once we had Daniel to play Obama, we had to cast the rest of his team,

  • and I think we've got some pretty terrific performances.

  • Working with a legend like Daniel is intimidating. But he makes everyone better. You know, without him,

  • I never could have played Joe Biden. Literally, "Hi, I'm Joe Biden."

  • The hardest part? Trying to understand his motivations.

  • Why did he pursue healthcare first? What makes him tick? Why doesn't he get mad?

  • If I were him, I'd be mad all the time. But I'm not him. I'm Daniel Day Lewis.

  • Presidential Music Continues

Well, I was thrilled that Lincoln was a success. And, as I was thinking about what to do next. Uh, It, it,

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Steven Spielberg's "Obama"

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