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Open thread: Steven Spielberg has revealed that the Inception star worked some personal magic to get Day-Lewis to accept a role he had previously rejected. But what did he say?

A couple of incisive interviews with Steven Spielberg have done the rounds lately; one in EW.com, in which the director talks about addressing everyone by their character name on the set of Lincoln; another in USA Today, in which he reveals that Daniel Day-Lewis initially turned down his offer to play the 16th Us president back in 2003. Then an unlikely go-between saved the day:

"Leo DiCaprio was at my house for dinner one night," Spielberg says. "It was just myself, my wife (Kate Capshaw) and Leo. And he says, 'Hey, what's going on with your Lincoln project?' I told him the sad story. I had one shot at Daniel and he had declined. And that was that. Leo just listened. »

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