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Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln’s Thursday News and Views

Daniel Day-Lewis is taking his role as Abraham Lincoln a little too seriously. But, then again, that’s exactly what Daniel Day-Lewis is known for. The British actor trained for 18 months for The Boxer with world champion Barry McGuigan. Afterwards, McGuigan said he could’ve easily been a professional boxer, instead of playing one on the screen. For The Last of the Mohicans, Day-Lewis lived in the wild for six months where he learned to camp, hunt, fish and skin animals. He even carried a long rifle at all times during filming to remain in character. And for what I believe is his best role, “Bill The Butcher,” Daniel Day-Lewis took an apprenticeship as an actual butcher and constantly sharpened knives on set. He was diagnosed with pneumonia during shooting because he refused to wear warmer, modern coats because “they didn’t exist in the 19th century.”

But despite all the borderline crazy “method acting” he has done throughout his incredible career, none of the roles compare to what we should expect to see in LincolnThere are numerous reports from the set of the Spielberg-directed movie that Day-Lewis has completely embodied the look, the mindset and the life of the 16th President of the United States. Just look at that picture. It’s so creepy and it does’t even scratch the surface of how the actor has transformed himself into Abraham Lincoln. Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly that his star actor even captures the qualities that made Lincoln a great leader. “Lincoln had a very, very complicated — and at the same time, extremely clear – inner life,” the director said. “He thought things out. He talked things out. He argued both sides of every issue. And he was very careful in making any decision. As a matter of fact, his opponents and his enemies criticized him often for being impossibly slow to a decision.”

Day-Lewis has even shut himself out from anything going on in the modern world. If it’s from the 21st century, or even the 20th, Day-Lewis has tuned it out. He has been living his life as if it’s the 1860s. On top of that, his fellow cast and crew members refer to him as Mr. President on and off set. Spielberg does too.

It sounds like Daniel Day-Lewis has completely lost his mind while fully immersing himself into the character of Abraham Lincoln. But as crazy as it all may sound, I’m sure it’s going to be a hell of a movie when it’s released November 9th. I’m excited, although that picture really, really creeps me out.

News and views…


 Nerlens Noel is academically eligible for the 2012-13 season. High-five. Noel told that UK chief compliance officer Sandy Bell woke him up with a phone call Wednesday morning to give him the good news. “She told me I was good to go,” he said. Noel needed two Bs in his summer classes at Everett to make it official and he pulled it off by doing what he called the hardest studying he’s ever done in his life. He said, “I knew I did it, but I was still nervous waiting on the official word.”

High-five again.

 Noel is also a hot topic of discussion on the internet for not being as good as Anthony Davis, which is ridiculous. Of course he’s not Anthony Davis. There won’t be another Anthony Davis for a long time. But ESPN’s Chad Ford is the latest expert to come out and say Kentucky fans shouldn’t count on Noel to have a season similar to this year’s No. 1 draft pick. Ford said, “We’re probably going to see a season closer to Andre Drummond’s than Anthony Davis.”

How ’bout we see a season of Nerlens Noel???

That’s the season he plans on having. Noel told HoopsWorld that he will play his own game at Kentucky. “There’s some pressure,” he admitted at the adidas Nations event. “But I believe I’ll definitely go in the gym everyday, play my own game, no matter what.”


 Kentucky football practiced for almost three hours in temperatures above 90 degrees on Wednesday but the big story from the day is how practice ended. As the boys were wrapping things up and calling it a day, an ice cream truck pulled onto the playing field, blasting a catchy ice cream tune.

“When you were little and the ice cream truck comes and you hear that bell, you lose your mind and I wanted our guys to lose their mind for a split-second,” Joker Phillips joked. “They’re working really hard in extreme heat and just thought we’d throw ‘em a bone today.”

Senior center Matt Smith was one of the guys leading the mad dash to the truck. “If they put an ice cream truck at the end of a 40 yard dash, I’d run it in 2 seconds,” he said.


 Bomb pops, Choco-tacos and sundae cones weren’t the only story from UK’s first practice in full pads; they played football too. And Joker was impressed.

“Really good practice,” Phillips said. “Really excited about this running back depth and competition. You make yourself better by additions and player development. Obviously, our running backs have improved in the offseason and we have good additions, who are bringing depth and competition.”

However, it is still too early in camp to tell who will emerge as the starter.

“They’re all wadded up right now,” Phillips said. “CoShik (Williams) finished the season as the No. 1 guy, so he’s the first guy going in. The thing I’m most proud of is their attitude, especially CoShik, Jon-Jon (Jonathan George) and Raymond (Sanders). Those guys are taking a lot of ownership on the special teams — going to Coach Nord and saying, ‘Hey, we want to be a part of this team, we want to be a part of that team. Coach, make sure you have us three on there for sure.’ You very see seldom see starting backs with that type of attitude and that will just rub off on the young guys.”

Josh Clemons wasn’t mentioned in the running back discussion because he is only going every other day as he recovers from injury, but Joker said he’s definitely in the mix. Redshirting isn’t an option for the sophomore back.

 Former Indiana basketball commit Trey Lyles is free to move about the country and Jeff Goodman’s sources told him UK and Syracuse were “poking around ” before the class of 2014 star decommitted on Wednesday. That could be true, but it doesn’t mean the Cats and Orange are in the best position to steal him. Lyles’ father told ESPN that North Carolina and Duke are the two schools his son mentions the most. He’s also considering Georgetown and UCLA, according to his old man.

 Keith Clanton tweeted, “What to do?”

Answer: Kentucky.

 The KSR tour hits Monticello on Thursday. See you there?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

39 Comments for Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln’s Thursday News and Views

  1. GoCats2010
    11:06 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink


    Happy Anniversary Drewster

  2. Drew Franklin
    11:08 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    It’s actually Monday but thanks.

  3. GoCats2010
    11:17 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Are you calling Matt a liar? either way, HGHTR was an awesome blog and I still occasionally share it with friends if the Legends come up

  4. tdogg40330
    11:20 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    2) Drew, YOU DA MAN !!!!!

  5. Daniel Plainview
    11:24 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    I made Daniel Day-Lewis.

  6. BT
    11:30 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Actually, DD-L did an apprenticeship for a blacksmith for the role of William Cutting, where he learned how to forge knives for specific purposes. Back of the leg. That’s a kill.

  7. jeyhey
    11:47 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    hard to get exited for a lincoln movie when i already know how it ends….ahhh what the hell….i’ll check it out anyway

  8. BPsycho
    12:05 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Daniel Day-Lewis is the **** and his portrayal will be amazing. He’s one of the ONLY actors that give you the freedom to say that before the film is even released.

  9. Big Blue 66
    12:08 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Been waiting for DDLs Lincoln for 2 years. DDL is arguably the best actor of our time especially in his preparedness, knowledge of the role and complete engulfing of every aspect of the person he portrays

  10. Blue Jesus
    12:59 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Spoiler: He dies.

  11. T.M. Zee
    6:12 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Hollywood is reporting that Daniel Day Lewis’ next role is that of KSR responder ‘barn’.
    To perfect the role of ‘barn’, He’s been taining for months with his head up his ass.
    The movie will be called: Backward Ass Red Neck.
    Or, “Bully and Retarded Numbskull.”

  12. David Lee Roth
    6:43 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’M YOUR ICE CREAM MAN… damnit!

    A) Joker sucks, therefore UK football sucks.
    B) Noel will be just fine, Cal knows this, UK fans know this, and NBA folks know this.
    C) The kid from USF should come here, IF he’s smart.
    D) Don’t really care where the ‘iu recruit’ ends up – just as long as it ain’t iu (good job Cal, if true).
    E) uofl football is on a ‘collision course’ with a mediocre season. An injury to that qb and / or an “L” to UK, would derail that National Championship parade down Cassius Clay Boulevard faster than a drive by triple shooting.

  13. Marcus Caffey
    6:54 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Once again, Sandy Bell helps another basketball player get his grades. No love for football players I guess. Maybe that fax machine only works for basketball players.

  14. Truth
    6:55 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    I noticed a post I made on an earlier article was deleted. All I did was call out Mitch. Matt deletes post because he is a typical, liberal [email protected]

  15. Beavis
    7:04 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    # 13,,,LOL Please,,,something a little more intelligent please.

  16. putinrichie
    7:09 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    12 –
    a.) The jury is still out on the season and Joker. Im no Joker apologist or pro-Joker guy but lets see what this season brings us before automatically assuming the worst. Every year we seem to beat someone were not supposed to. Hopefully the streak continues this year.
    b.) Don’t know why you think Noel will be just fine……I personally agree with Chad Ford. I still think Noel is one and done and a Top 10 pick just like Drummond, but I think he has a long way to go on the offensive end. He honestly might average less than 10 ppg.
    c.) Agree – would be a nice addition
    d.) Same here…
    e.) I 100% agree….I think UL is the most overrated team in college football.

  17. Beavis
    7:41 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    After all those blow hard preseason comments from the U of L fans,,,,,what if they lost to UK this year ??? Love their fans,,,the same fans that in the middle of the Basketball season last year were calling for 15 second Rick’s head. Would not want to be Charlie Strong this year.

  18. barn
    7:42 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    don’t know who ddl is but if it’s just another vampire movie i’m out

  19. Wow
    7:44 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Where will you guys be in Monticello?

  20. Big Blue
    7:57 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Can somebody please give me the e mail address so I can send a picture to the website. Thanks!!

  21. James K
    7:57 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Drew… if you like Day-Lewis, this is a pretty awesome interview. Dude is really interesting.

  22. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:19 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most extreme Method Actors in the history of films. Looking forward to “Lincoln” very much.

  23. HOO HOO
    8:28 am August 9, 2012 Permalink



  24. DavenderCatTheSequel
    8:33 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN also ranked Austin Rivers ahead of Anthony Davis last year. How’d that turn out?

  25. jkl;i
    8:34 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    So as I understand it, “Lincoln” is sort of a sequel to “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” that focuses on Lincoln’s other activities besides vampire hunting.

  26. stan
    8:35 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Are practices closed to fans? My nephew is in town and loves the team, and I would love to take him to a practice. Thanks for any help with this question.

  27. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:42 am August 9, 2012 Permalink


    8 > 5
    Bob Knight’s fist > Steve Alford’s forehead
    Kelvin Sampson’s phone bill > yours
    Your time spent on a rivals website = the amount of time that you spend searching the words “anime p0rn” on Google.

  28. Bluegrass
    8:44 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    I live in Richmond Virginia and about 15 minutes away from Petersburg (the two locations where the Licoln movie was filmed. DDL was spotted around town numerous times and it was amazing to see how much he resembled Lincoln even without makeup and wearing jeans. Seeing what they did with the sets around town, it will not just be DDL that will look amazing but the entire scenery of the movie. Should be amazing! Can’t wait.

  29. DavenderCatTheSequel
    8:46 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Lincoln was supposed to have the nasally high-pitched Kentucky voice. Wonder if they will be that authentic?

  30. Yabba Do
    8:52 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Lincoln only received 5 votes out of 5,000 cast in his home county in Kentucky during the Presidential election. He was despised by Kentuckian’s.

  31. asdf
    8:55 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    30, that’s because that part of the state leaned Confederate. He was more popular in the eastern part, which leaned Union (probably due to the fact that most people there were too poor to own any slaves, so Abolition was no skin off them)

  32. The Butcher
    9:02 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    There is no argument, DDL is THE best actor of our generation. All time?

  33. Hanna Do
    9:12 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    31. Have you read much about him. He’s glorified these days, but the truth is he sanctioned a lot of atrocities committed against Kentuckian’s during those times, like property seizures, false imprisonments, expulsion from the country. Kentucky had one of the largest Jewish populations in the country at the start of the war. How did Honest Abe treat them?, he seized all of their property and told them to leave the state forever.

  34. getchee facts straight
    9:46 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Contrary to rumor, it appears Day-Lewis didn’t employ the full tilt of his method acting prowess for his latest role. (During the filming of 1989’s “My Left Foot” — for which he won an Oscar — Day-Lewis famously refused to break his character as a severely disabled person on set.) “Daniel was always conscious of his contemporary surroundings… Daniel never went into a fugue state. He did not channel Lincoln. All that stuff is just more about gossip than it is about technique,” Spielberg said, refuting rumors that the actor was living as though in the 1860s, shutting out all indications of 21st century living.

  35. NotSatire
    10:06 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    One of the best musical soundtracks of all time > Last of the Mohicans. I hope Lincoln has great music.

  36. it's true, it's true
    10:30 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    #35 Agree, The Departed track is good, but the last of the Mohicans can haunt the mind. The last 20 minutes of Mohicans, with chase scenes accented with the primal
    Violin rthymn, made it necessary for my wife and I to visit Chimney Rock to walk those paths.

  37. UKBlue1!
    10:47 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Comparing Noel to Davis is unfair to him. The only big man at UK that comes close to Davis’ abilities was Sam Bowie (healthy) and he wasn’t as good. Noel will be one of top 2 or 3 big men in college, so let’s enjoy him. I hope all of the speculation about Clanton isn’t smoke. I think the Cats could use him.

  38. paducahfan
    11:51 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Will Daniel Day-Lewis play Nerlens Noel and have that flat top?

  39. schwing
    12:34 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    lieutenant dan, i brought you some ass cream… lieutenant dan, ass creeeeeeaaaaaammmmmmm!