Steven Spielberg took such a long road towards Lincoln that he lost his leading actor and it once seemed as if the film might never get made. The long-attached Liam Neeson was forced to bow out when Spielberg was finally ready to tackle the life of our sixteenth President, resulting in the unlikely choice of actor Daniel Day-Lewis as his replacement. Day-Lewis not only lacked the towering presence that Neeson shared with Lincoln, but the deep and commanding voice the man was known for. Or so we thought. The actor’s meticulous research revealed that Lincoln’s voice was rather soft and gentle and he was known to be a man with a good sense of humor. He was also a manipulator, forced to play tricky political games with his rivals and critics so that the now historical 13th Amendment abolishing slavery could be passed.