Film & TV

We’re Pretty Sure This is the Guy Who Inspired Daniel Day-Lews’ Abe Lincoln Voice

Film & TV

We’re Pretty Sure This is the Guy Who Inspired Daniel Day-Lews’ Abe Lincoln Voice

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Daniel Day Lewis is a ferociously private person, an actor’s actor who’d rather master his craft than talk about it. That kind of mystery is rare nowadays, and only feeds the public’s desire to know the process he uses to create his iconic characters. With the impending release of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, buzz on the two-time Oscar winner’s performance is building, and it’s fascinating to not only see Day Lewis’ first attempt at playing an historical figure, but also one who’s voice was never committed to tape. What would he sound like? we wanted to know. When the trailer answered that question for us (a midwestern grampa), that raised another question: Where did he come up with that? Since then, bloggers have had fun speculating as to just who Day-Lewis channeled in his latest performance. We’re pretty sure we cracked the code: Hollywood legend Walter Brennan, whose voice sounds just like Day Lewis’ Honest Abe. Considered one of the finest character actors in the history of American film, Brennan used his unique look to forge a career in Westerns, most notably those of Howard Hawks. He also shares the distinction of being the most decorated actor in Oscar history with 3 wins (matched by Jack Nicholson). Fitting that if this year, the Academy enjoys Day-Lewis’ portrayal of Lincoln, he will move into a 3-way tie for most statues won. Now if that’s not a story Hollywood loves, then screw Hollywood.