*Oprah Winfrey returns to the studio where she first auditioned for Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film “The Color Purple.”
Now 27 years later, the two legend will sit down for a discussion about his latest film “Lincoln.” The clip below offers a first look at Oprah’s conversation with Spielberg and the film’s stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field.
The interview airs on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 9 p.m.
*President Lincoln will be back inside of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. today.
The White House said Wednesday that President Obama will host the cast and crew of Steven Spielberg’s biopic “Lincoln” today for a special screening.
The Disney release, produced by DreamWorks and Fox in association with Participant Media, will screen in the evening, after the president returns from New York, where he plans to view the damage from Hurricane Sandy and speak with victims and first responders.
Sources said Spielberg is planning to attend the screening along with stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Gloria Reuben and Tommy Lee Jones along with DreamWorks co-chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and producer Kathleen Kennedy.
Spielberg and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg have been big supporters of Obama and his re-election campaign, each donating $1 million to super PAC Priorities USA last month. And “Lincoln” star Daniel Day-Lewis recently mocked Clint Eastwood’s appearance at the Republican National Convention while accepting an award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Britannia Awards. Watch below.
“Lincoln” centers on the final four months of the 16th president’s life and tells the story of how he abolished slavery. The movie opened last Friday in 11 cities and will arrive in theaters nationwide tomorrow, Nov. 16.
Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg-directed “Lincoln,” opening nationwide Nov. 9
*With Abraham Lincoln being touted in new GOP ads as a reason for African Americans to vote Republican, a film about his struggle to preserve the union is preparing for a nationwide release on Nov. 9 – with Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis in the title role and Steven Spielberg calling the shots.
“There are so many things I didn’t know about Lincoln, and so many different points of view about Lincoln,” the director told us at a press conference for “Lincoln,” currently in limited release. “With over 7,000 books written, to find any five books that agree on every single facet of his life is difficult.”
Spielberg chose to base his project on one of President Obama’s favorite books, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” written by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The script covers the last four months of his life and his battle to preserve the union by abolishing the cause of the nation’s Civil War – slavery.
Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis on the set of “Lincoln”
“The thing that really surprised me about Lincoln was that with the weight of his oath he took, the Constitutional oath to preserve the union – and he’s the only president that had the union ripped out from under him and torn in half – the fact that the weight of the war that began over slavery, that he did not himself … just crack up in the middle of his first term.
“With the Civil War raging around him, with over 600,000 lives lost, revised recently upward to 750,000, with his wife on the edge of herself, the loss of his son Willie two years before our film begins, a son lost in infancy before that, the fact that he came through this with a steady moral compass and an even keel just amazes me.”
Below, Spielberg said that Lincoln was also not above doing what he had to do – even if it was less-than-honorable – to get the legislation that he wanted, which in this case was the 14th amendment passed by a reluctant Congress.