Liam Neeson Gives Up On Lincoln
After being attached to star as Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg directed biopic for several years, Liam Neeson has distanced himself from the project. “I’m not actually playing Lincoln now. I was attached for a while, but it’s now I’m past my sell-by date,” he told GMTV.
Neeson had been researching the life of the 16th President of the United States for some time. As far back as 2007 he had already engrossed himself in the history of Lincoln, having read about twenty-two books on the Commander-in-Chief. He told comingsoon.net: “I’ve been to Washington, I’ve held his wallet, I’ve said a prayer on the Bible he was inaugurated on.”
But Neeson appears to have grown tired of waiting for Spielberg, who he collaborated with on Schindler’s List (which won Best Picture and Best Director at the Academy Awards, earning Neeson a nomination for Best Actor). “I’ve been living with it now for, I think, five years. So it’s either come to the plate and do it or get out of the kitchen. There are other things that I’d be quicker to pursue,” he told Empire magazine in May.
It seems the number of postponements to the project may have been the deciding factor in Neeson’s decision, rather than his age (especially considering Lincoln was assassinated at the age of 56, and Neeson is only 58). Spielberg is also preoccupied with Adventures of Tintin and War Horse. Ironically, Neeson will play another President, Lyndon B. Johnson, in Selma.