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Kathleen Kennedy talks Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

New Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Turner has lifted the lid on Daniel Day-Lewis's work on the set of 'Lincoln', which she produced with Steven Spielberg.

Day-Lewis, known for his full immersion into character while on set, had an intimidating command of the material, despite the size of his role in the film, in which he plays the revered US president.

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Day-Lewis... as 'the president' Abraham Lincoln (Copyright: Rex)

“Certainly the minute you heard on the radio, ‘The president is coming to the set,’ which is what we would hear, and Daniel would walk onto the set, you could hear a pin drop,” she told the New York Times.

“And that was really the way every single day went.”

She then went on to talk about the effect his work had on the other members of the cast.

“He had 45 pages of dialogue in the first two weeks of shooting, and he never missed a word,” she continued.

“I mean, it was the other actors that were interesting to watch because once he came in and did a four-minute dialogue scene and didn’t miss, everybody looked like deer in the headlights.

“And then Steven saying, ‘The camera is on you.’ And they’re like, ‘Oh my God.’ And they have two lines and they don’t want to blow it. It was intense.”

Maybe there will be a role for him in the new 'Star Wars' film...