Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is giving voice to one of America’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln.
According to many sources, Day-Lewis’ interpretation of Lincoln, from head to toe, is astoundingly accurate, including the presentation and register of Lincoln’s voice.
A far cry from our culture’s perception of the man known more for his words than anything else, Lincoln’s voice is a classic example of how it’s not about the voice but how you use it.
Learn more in today’s VOX Daily.
What did Abraham Lincoln sound like?
According to voice actor, Joe J. Thomas (pictured at left), most people have a preconceived notion of what Abraham Lincoln sounded like based upon Disney films and animatronics.
Historically, Lincoln’s voice was described as “shrill, squeaking, piping, unpleasant,” which is a far cry from the baritone statesman we’ve come to expect.
When accurately creating a voice for someone like Abraham Lincoln, you need to go back to historical archives and firsthand accounts.
Lincoln, which was scheduled to open in theatres around election time, was postponed by Steven Spielberg and will be widely released on November 16, 2012.
Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln
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