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Liam Neeson No Longer Lincoln?
“I’m past my sell-by date”

01 August 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Digital Spy

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It had to happen one day. After waiting what must have felt like decades for Steven Spielberg to get around to making his long-planned film about Abraham Lincoln, it would appear that Liam Neeson is finally done with hanging on, and has announced that he’s not going to be taking the lead role.

"I'm not actually playing Lincoln now. I was attached to it for a while, but I'm now past my sell-by date," he told GMTV (via Digital Spy), which presumably refers to the fact that he’s now two years older than Lincoln was when he was assassinated.

The Lincoln biopic has been a pet project of Spielberg’s, with Neeson always seemingly attached to the role, but it had begun to feel like a pet the director had forgotten in a corner of the yard while the rain  poured down. And despite multiple script drafts, most recently by Munich scribe Tony Kushner, it kept being put aside for other things. Whenever Spielberg had a moment between films, the subject of Lincoln would raise its head again, but each time something else took its place.

Right now, Spielberg is preparing to shoot War Horse and has been busy keeping an eye on the post-production CG side of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Perhaps one day the fancy performance capture tech used on that film might mean Neeson can play Lincoln no matter how old he is, but you get the feeling that he’s so tired of trying on stovepipe hats that he might just cut his losses and swear off the role entirely.

And it’s not like Neeson’s hurting for work – he’s gearing up to play another US president, Lyndon B Johnson, in Selma (assuming director Lee Daniels gets the finances together) and he has other roles waiting.


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RE: Day Lewis
Spielberg slightly annoys me sometimes. He's like a kid in a candy shop when it comes to new projects, and sometimes the projects he chooses make you wonder 'why?'. The Terminal is a prime example. An okay film. Very forgettable. Why did he bother? Same goes for Indy 4. Spielberg doesn't have to prove himself to anyone, that much is certain, but I fear that he has lost the plot a bit. Maybe that sounds harsh but Spielberg is frustrating, and I think Neeson must feel that way too. More

Posted by Alistair at 21:56 on 02 August 2010 | Report This Post

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Day Lewis could be up for this..... http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/worl d/ireland/article7094183.ece More

Posted by luke1654 at 21:17 on 02 August 2010 | Report This Post

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L: Jenzy I really don't understand why Spielberg has put other things in front of it. Shame. o be honest War Horse sounds pure Spielberg and with the cast assembled should be a must see. Can't say I know too much about Lincoln as a person other than common knowledge but I was mostly looking forward to a Neeson Spielberg reunion more than the actual film. I suppose Daniel Day-Lewis is too much to ask for as an eventual replacement? More

Posted by Judge at 18:40 on 02 August 2010 | Report This Post

I'm struggling to think of someone who can fill the Neeson-shaped hole that will inevitably be present when (and if) Spielberg finally makes this movie. It begs to be made given the legacy Lincoln has; I really don't understand why Spielberg has put other things in front of it. Shame. More

Posted by Jenzy at 17:20 on 02 August 2010 | Report This Post

FOR SHAME
I was really looking forward to Neeson playing Lincoln, and him teaming up with The Berg again. What a shame. More

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