Of the complicated historical character, Spielberg tells Entertainment
Weekly, "Lincoln had a very, very complicated -- and at the same time, extremely
clear -- inner life. 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."
Lincoln focuses on the last four months of the president's life and the
political strategizing he undertook at the close of the Civil War to ensure that
slavery would be forever outlawed. The film also stars David Strathairn as
Lincolns loyal Secretary of State, William Seward; Joseph Gordon-Levitt and
Gulliver McGrath as Lincolns sons, Robert and Tad; Sally Field as his wife Mary
Todd Lincoln; and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, a radical member of
Lincoln's own party.